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This major study explores the role of the mass media in promoting democracy and empowering civil society in Africa. The author contextualizes Africa within in the rapidly changing global media and shows how patterns of media ownership and state control have evolved and the huge difficulties under which most African media workers labour. The author also explores the whole question of media ethics and professionalism in Africa. The general analysis is supported by a very detailed unique case study of Cameroon. Nyamnjoh is critical of the Western-derived institutional framework for multi-party democracy that overlooks the social realities of African citizens' multiple identities, and their cultural orientation to communal values. He also concludes that African governments have gone very little way in encouraging independent media, but that the media themselves must also share some of the blame.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842775837
ISBN-10: 1842775839
Format: Paperback
(218mm x 141mm x 18mm)
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

Dr 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).

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