Canada's official development assistance for news media and journalism promotion in the developing world: Uncertain objectives and inconsistent outcomes.

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Master Thesis

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Political Science


Political Science, International Law and Relations.



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The prevailing assumption among Western governments is that a free and independent news media is a key to political transition in the developing world. Consequently, media assistance interventions are components of all Western states' democratization, good governance and civil society promotion strategies. It is not clear, however, that Western support for the news media has a lasting effect on the political transition of the developing world. There are strong militating factors that hinder the establishment of a free and independent media sector in most developing states. This study examines specific aspects of Canada's media assistance strategy and engages in a comparative analysis of developing world states receiving Canadian media aid. Findings yield recommendations for improved effectiveness of interventions.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .R63. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1222. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.