Media Accountability and Freedom of Publication

In this study, Denis McQuail identifies problematic trends and issues and outlines the principles underlying media regulation and accountability.

Author: Denis McQuail

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ISBN: 0198742517

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 366

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What are the media's responsibilities? To whom are they accountable? Are they increasingly growing out of control? In the twenty-first century, our mass media are becoming more powerful and more difficult to hold to account, and attempts at control to prevent harm or make media more responsible are often viewed as infringements of market and media freedom. In this stimulating new study, Denis McQuail argues that freedom and accountability are not incompatible and shows ways forward to greater responsibility.
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Media Freedom and Accountability

How, when, and to what extent should people be able to talk back to the media; what works, what doesn't, what's possible? This volume examines these and other issues.

Author: Everette E. Dennis

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038606468

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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How, when, and to what extent should people be able to talk back to the media; what works, what doesn't, what's possible? This volume examines these and other issues. With a deep concern for freedom from censorship and a strong awareness of our constitutional franchise of freedom of expression, the editors and contributors seek to define meaningful forums where citizens can air their views about media to a large enough audience to make a significant impact. They present and assess several forms of media accountability that function effectively within free speech parameters, including the marketplace model, the self-regulatory model, the voluntary model, the fiduciary model, and the litigation model.
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The European Handbook of Media Accountability

A theoretically informed, cross-national comparative analysis of the state of media accountability in contemporary Europe, this handbook constitutes an invaluable basis for further research and policy-making and will appeal to students and ...

Author: Tobias Eberwein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317033271

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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In recent years, the Leveson Inquiry in Great Britain, as well as the EU High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, have stirred heated debates about media accountability and media self-regulation across Europe. How responsible are journalists? How well-developed are infrastructures of media self-regulation in the different European countries? How much commitment to media accountability is there in the media industry – and how actively do media users become involved in the process of media criticism via social media? With contributions from leading scholars in the field of journalism and mass communication, this handbook brings together reports on the status quo of media accountability in all EU members states as well as key countries close to Europe, such as Turkey and Israel. Each chapter provides an up-to-date overview of media accountability structures as well as a synopsis of relevant research, exploring the role of media accountability instruments in each national setting, including both media self-regulation (such as codes of ethics, press councils, ombudspersons) and new instruments that involve audiences and stakeholder groups (such as media blogs and user comment systems). A theoretically informed, cross-national comparative analysis of the state of media accountability in contemporary Europe, this handbook constitutes an invaluable basis for further research and policy-making and will appeal to students and scholars of media studies and journalism, as well as policy-makers and practitioners.
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Media Ethics and Accountability Systems

In this controversial volume, Claude-Jean Bertrand sets out to define a set of accountability systems--democratic, efficient, and harmless--to insure true freedom and quality of media.

Author: Claude-Jean Bertrand

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351289627

Category: Philosophy

Page: 164

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Over the last few years, the O.J. Simpson case, then the Lewinsky-Clinton affair, and scores of minor scandals have dominated the US press, often taking precedence over important domestic and international issues. This tabloidization of the news media, both here and abroad, has proved that "the market" cannot insure media quality. In a democracy, for media to function well, they must be free of both political and economic muzzling. The only solution is to add self-regulation, or quality control, by professionals and public to the other two forces, the market and state regulation. In this controversial volume, Claude-Jean Bertrand sets out to define a set of accountability systems--democratic, efficient, and harmless--to insure true freedom and quality of media. This brief, highly literate volume focuses not on philosophical foundations of media ethics or case stories, but on what is now missing in the codes. Many books deal with media ethics but few deal with accountability. Media Ethics and Accountability Systems zeroes in on the many nongovernmental methods of enforcing "quality control," and on the difficulty of getting the media microcosm to accept such accountability. To remedy this lack, Bertrand proposes rethinking existing "media accountability systems," some 30 to 40 in number, and creation of new ones. He observes that existing systems are rooted in four basic approaches: training: the education of citizens in media use and the incorporation of ethics courses in journalistic education; evaluation: criticism (positive and negative) not only from politicians, consumerists, and intellectuals, but from media professionals themselves; monitoring: by independent, academic experts over extended periods of time into the long-term effects; and feedback: giving ear to the various segments of media users and their needs and tastes, rather than scrutinizing sales and ratings. Media Ethics will be of particular interest to academics in the fields of communication and journalism, as well as to the general reader with an interest in public issues and a civic concern for society.
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Media Freedom and Accountability

Everette E. Dennis, Donald M. Gillmor, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and ... “ In the freedom - accountability symbiosis the only logical accountability ...

Author: Everette E. Dennis

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015016947205

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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How, when, and to what extent should people be able to talk back to the media; what works, what doesn't, what's possible? This volume examines these and other issues. With a deep concern for freedom from censorship and a strong awareness of our constitutional franchise of freedom of expression, the editors and contributors seek to define meaningful forums where citizens can air their views about media to a large enough audience to make a significant impact. They present and assess several forms of media accountability that function effectively within free speech parameters, including the marketplace model, the self-regulatory model, the voluntary model, the fiduciary model, and the litigation model.
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Freedom and Accountability at Work

Bless them for this book." —Joyce DeShano, board chair, Ascension Health "Peter Koestenbaum's message of courage and accountability in the face of anxiety has struck a powerful chord.

Author: Peter Koestenbaum

Publisher: Pfeiffer

ISBN: 0787955949

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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Peter Koestenbaum and Peter Block offer you a new perspective for viewing the workplace through the lens of philosophy so that you may have a better understanding of how to reclaim your freedom and accountability and encourage the same in others. They provide a radical new approach to your work-a-day life that will bring true meaning and power to your work. Freedom and Accountability at Work offers you the information you need to: * Gain strength and meaning by transforming your thinking on how you view anxiety, doubt, death, and guilt * Find new ways to bring spiritual and ethical values into your workplace * Engage in profound change that will help you overcome cynicism that comes from superficial change * Replace your loss of organizational loyalty and safety with a sense of freedom and accountability "Both Koestenbaum and Block are such passionate men who bring together what we all seek in our work life-meaning, insight, and humanness. Bless them for this book." --Joyce DeShano, board chair, Ascension Health
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Transparency in Politics and the Media

This volume will be essential reading for all practising journalists, for students of journalism or politics, and for policymakers.

Author: Nigel Bowles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857734594

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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Increasingly governments around the world are experimenting with initiatives in transparency or 'open government'. These involve a variety of measures including the announcement of more user-friendly government websites, greater access to government data, the extension of freedom of information legislation and broader attempts to involve the public in government decision making. However, the role of the media in these initiatives has not hitherto been examined. This volume analyses the challenges and opportunities presented to journalists as they attempt to hold governments accountable in an era of professed transparency. In examining how transparency and open government initiatives have affected the accountability role of the press in the US and the UK, it also explores how policies in these two countries could change in the future to help journalists hold governments more accountable. This volume will be essential reading for all practising journalists, for students of journalism or politics, and for policymakers.
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Media Accountability in the Era of Post Truth Politics

This book addresses the pressing need to re-evaluate and redefine the notion of accountability in the fast-changing field of journalism and “information provision.” Using comparative research and empirical data, the book’s case ...

Author: Tobias Eberwein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351115766

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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Bringing together both leading international scholars and emerging academic talent, Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics maps the current state of media accountability in Europe and provides fresh perspectives for future developments in media and communication fields. As the integrity of the international media landscape is challenged by far-reaching transformations and the rise of “fake news,” the need for a functional system of media regulation is greater than ever. This book addresses the pressing need to re-evaluate and redefine the notion of accountability in the fast-changing field of journalism and “information provision.” Using comparative research and empirical data, the book’s case studies address the notion of media accountability from various perspectives, considering political and societal change, economic, organisational and technological factors, and the changing role of media audiences. By collecting and juxtaposing these studies, the book provides a new discussion for the old question of how we can safeguard free and responsible media in Europe – a question that seems more urgent than ever. Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics is an essential read for students and researchers in journalism, media and communication studies.
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The New Censorship

Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume our global information ecosystem is stable, protected, and robust.

Author: Joel Simon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231160643

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume our global information ecosystem is stable, protected, and robust. JournalistsÑand the crucial news they reportÑare increasingly vulnerable to attack by authoritarian governments, militants, criminals, and terrorists, who all seek to use technology, political pressure, and violence to set the global information agenda. Reporting from Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and Mexico, among other hotspots, Simon finds journalists under threat from all sides. The result is a growing crisis in informationÑa shortage of the news we need to make sense of our globalized world and to fight against human rights abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability. Drawing on his experience defending journalists on the front lines, he calls on Òglobal citizens,Ó U.S. policy makers, international law advocates, and human rights groups to create a global freedom-of-expression agenda tied to trade, climate, and other major negotiations. He proposes ten key priorities, including combating the murder of journalists, ending censorship, and developing a global free-expression charter challenging criminal and corrupt forces that seek to manipulate the worldÕs news.
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Holding the Media Accountable

The Future of Media Accountability Although it reveals problems with North ... eds . , Media Freedom and Accountability ( New York : Greenwood Press ...

Author: David Hemmings Pritchard

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253213576

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 203

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* Real world studies of accountability in broadcast news, cable TV, newspapers and other media
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Press Freedom in Africa

This article examines the ANC's understanding of media accountability, expressed most forcefully in its proposal for the MAT. It also examines the adequacy ...

Author: Herman Wasserman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135716363

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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This book gives an overview of current debates surrounding press freedom in Africa in response to ongoing contestations between media and governments on the continent. Through case studies of individual African countries as well as international comparisons, a wide range of global contributors provide critical assessments of the state of press freedom on the continent and critical perspectives on the dominant discourses around freedom and democracy. Some fear an alarming slide towards a media-intolerant environment in South Africa, and the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal and the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) have met with strong criticism from journalism practitioners and educators. This book examines these and other recent developments seen to represent a threat to press freedom on the African continent. Contributors to the volume take a comparative look at the situation in South Africa within a broader, global context of transitions to democracy and globalised marketization of the media, as well as inspecting specific African examples that may serve to illuminate broader trends. Case studies from different African countries are examined, but in the process the discourses around press freedom are also subjected to critical scrutiny. Critics state that the South African media are not without fault, and that part of journalism scholarship’s role is to continue to point to these shortcomings and to suggest ways of improving the media’s democratic responsibility. Press Freedom in Africa provides a range of perspectives on the heated debates surrounding press freedom. It illustrates the importance of research-based, scholarly interventions into the often emotional and rhetorical debates surrounding the role of the media in African society. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.
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Media and Accountability in Latin America

11) Thus, it can be argued that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are important for considering the state of media accountability.

Author: Mariella Bastian

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783658247874

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 552

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This study approaches a pressing question for the public, the media, and in academia: how can the media be held accountable? By focusing on the relationship between media and accountability in the understudied region of Latin America, Mariella Bastian provides a theoretical framework for the analysis of media accountability (MA) beyond the Global North. The underlying conditions for the development of MA in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are identified by conducting a multi-method study. The author also gives an overview of the status quo of the implementation of both traditional and innovative MA instruments.
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An Arsenal for Democracy

The answer is M*A*S, nongovernmental media accountability systems. This book concentrates on M*A*S as one of the three pillars of good news media, together with free enterprise and state regulation.

Author: Claude Jean Bertrand

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN: UOM:39015056879110

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 420

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'Everyone agress that news media cannot be rued solely by the profit motive and that government regulation on media is extremely dangerous. How then can we obtain good service from news media? As far as ethics is concerned, can we depend on the moral conscience of the professionals to insure good service? The answer is M*A*S, nongovernmental media accountability systems. This book concentrates on M*A*S as one of the three pillars of good news media, together with free enterprise and state regulation. It presents general information about the major media accountability systems and their usefulness (press council, ombudsman, journalism review, etc.).--COVER.
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Media Freedom

This book surveys the history of media in the US, the UK and Europe in order to develop a new theory of media freedom that is capable of resolving current controversies about how best to regulate the media, including the internet and social ...

Author: Damian Tambini

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509544707

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The contentious role of social media in recent elections and referendums has brought to the fore once again the fundamental question of media freedom and the extent to which, and the way in which, the media should be regulated in a modern democratic society. This book surveys the history of media in the US, the UK and Europe in order to develop a new theory of media freedom that is capable of resolving current controversies about how best to regulate the media, including the internet and social media. Tambini argues that democratic regulation of the media must build upon – and learn from – the long history of accommodation between the press, broadcasting, the state and corporate power. By attending to this history, we can see that media freedom is not absolute but rather conditional, taking the form of a social contract of privileges and connected duties. Tambini develops this social contract account of media freedom and applies it to different media sectors, from the press and broadcasting to the internet and social media. Above all, he argues for a renewed role for international human rights law standards in media governance, and an end to American exceptionalism. Written for students, scholars, policymakers and media professionals, this wide-ranging book will be of interest to everyone concerned about the role of the media in our societies and about the health of our democracies.
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Media Democracy and Freedom

First of all , do journalists have sufficient and true freedom to do their work ? Second , is media accountability sufficient to ensure the democratic ...

Author: Marta Dyczok

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3034303114

Category: Political Science

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This book does what few other works have done: it examines the role media have played in the larger political, economic and social transformations in the post communist space. An international group of scholars from various disciplines explore the complex relations between media, society, and the state in this region over the past twenty years, and present theoretical arguments that challenge dominant views. They scrutinize changes in the public sphere as well as the media itself, its role, format, agenda and quality in the context of changing values and shifting power relationships.
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Press Freedom in Contemporary Asia

Media. freedom. and. media. accountability ... functioned as president, from 2005 to 2015, were among the darkest days for media freedoms in the country.

Author: Tina Burrett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429013034

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 402

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This book analyzes the constraints on press freedom and the ways in which independent reporting and reporters are at risk in contemporary Asia to provide a barometer of democratic development in the region. Based on in-depth country case studies written by academics and journalists, and some who straddle both professions, from across the region, this book explores the roles of mainstream and online media, and how they are subject to abuse by the state and vested interests. Specific country chapters provide up-to-date information on Bangladesh, Kashmir, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as on growing populist and nationalist challenges to media freedom in the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Japan. The book includes a theoretical chapter pulling together trends and common constraints facing newsrooms across Asia and a regional overview on the impact of social media. Three chapters on China provide insights into the country’s tightening information environment under President Xi Jinping. Moreover, the legal environment of the media, political and external pressures, economic considerations, audience support and journalists’ standards and ethics are explored. As an international and interdisciplinary study, this book will appeal to undergraduates, graduates and scholars engaged in human rights, media studies, democratization, authoritarianism and Asian Studies, as well as Asia specialists, journalists, legal scholars, historians and political scientists.
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