MEDIA AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
This field places emphasis on the influence of the media on democracy and good governance. It starts from the premise that when the media function as a critic of public policies and as a civic forum – then they contribute to overall social development.
Good governance implies greater participation of the civil society in policy decision-making, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, transparency and accountability of institutions, reducing poverty and fulfilment of human rights.
These aspects of good governance are strengthened when the media in a society are strong and independent. The media provide a constant mechanism of control and assessment of the government’ actions. They also provide help so that public interest issues gain importance and the voice of the citizens is heard by the public.