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Title: Enhancing the media's democratic role : a comparative study of the legal environment of the media in Botswana and South Africa
Author: Balule, Badala Tachilisa
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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Freedom of expression is regarded as indispensable in modern representative democratic societies. The will of the people is said to be the basis of the authority of government in such societies. Freedom of expression thus ensures that citizens are able to make responsible political decisions and participate effectively in public life. In order to do this, a free flow of information and ideas is essential to enable citizens to make informed decisions. The mass media play a crucial role as purveyors of information and ideas, and a platform for the exchange of ideas. Democratic societies therefore have a duty to guarantee and ensure the enjoyment of freedom of expression and media freedom. In addition, they have an obligation to ensure that the mass media disseminate a wide range of information and ideas to a diverse audience. This thesis is a comparative study of the measures taken by the states of Botswana and South Africa to guarantee and ensure the enjoyment of media freedom. It further examines the steps taken by the two states to promote the dissemination of a wide range of views and information in the media. The measures taken by the two states are compared to international law requirements, which arguably, establish minimum standards below which no member of the international community should fall.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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