Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability

Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability
by Steve Buckley, Kreszentia Duer, Toby Mendel and Seán Ó Siochrú [World Bank Institute]

This interesting reference book, coedited by a group of international community radio practitioners, communications rights activists and international development leaders, offers a primer on how community media, especially community radio, can support economic development and civic engagement in developing countries. It is also a detailed practicum showing how an internationalist vision of communications rights can and should connect with real-world policies providing broad access to communications technology. In clearly written and well-organized sections, the authors reviews the pros and cons of various funding models for noncommercial media, various strategies for deploying and regulating community broadcasting, and a range of policies protecting communications rights and free speech. Drawing examples from the global south and from Europe, Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability's primary audience is policymakers and NGOs working outside the US; but for this reason the also holds particular relevance to North American media activists, in that it provides a great shows how these issues are discussed in an internationalist context not dominated by US political and economic limitations. The book's valuable resources include an extensive bibliography of web-published articles on international media governance. -jl

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