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Description - Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging by Francis B. Nyamnjoh

This exploration of the role of the mass media in promoting democracy and empowering civil society in Africa reaches some startling conclusions. Francis Nyamnjoh contextualizes Africa within the rapidly changing global media, shows how patterns of media ownership and state control have evolved and the huge difficulties facing most African media workers. Drawing on the example of Cameroon, he explores the question of media ethics and professionalism in Africa, and the important roles that rumour and political satire have played as sources of information and opinion formation. He is critical of the Western-derived institutional framework for multi-party democracy that overlooks the social realities of African citizens' multiple identities. He argues that African governments have done very little to encourage independent media, but that the media must also share some of the blame. He concludes by laying out some ideas for the reform of public policy and journalistic behaviour.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842775837
ISBN-10: 1842775839
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 17-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Francis B. Nyamnjoh is associate professor of sociology and head of publications and communications with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He previously taught at universities in Cameroon, Botswana and South Africa. His most recent books include Negotiating an Anglophone Identity (Brill, 2003) and Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa (Zed Books, 2004).

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