chapter  4
25 Pages

Broadcasting and Political Reform

ByPaul R. van der Veur

If democracy is based on rule by a majority of the population in a fair and equitable society, then democratic institutions must work to empower people to make decisions within that society. The ability of the governed to assert opinions without restraint is essential to this decision making process. Media freedom is therefore critical to the establishment and continuity of democracy and becomes a primary indicator of the existence of a democratic society (Takirambudde 1995).