Вторник, 23 апреляИнститут «Высшая школа журналистики и массовых коммуникаций» СПбГУ

Автор: H. Wasserman (Cape Town, South Africa)

Media, conflict and democratisation in Africa: Political communication by other means

2019. Том 6, № 4, Онтология стратегической коммуникации
The link between the media and democracy is often understood in the liberal-democratic tradition to be self-evident. However, the relationship between the media and democracy is often complicated, critiqued and varies from context to context. The relationship between the media and democracy in established democracies in the Global North is often taken as an example that has universal relevance, while the specifics of the South remains under-researched. This paper aims to provide an illustration of how the link between media and democracy is manifested in some African contexts, and how political communication takes a variety of forms in these settings, which may not always correspond to the dominant notions of political communication in the Global North. First, a brief background of democratization in Africa, as well as the media’s role in relation to democratization processes, is provided. The paper then goes on to discuss the reasons ...