Is freedom of the press a prerequisite for democracy?
Many developing nations struggling for democracy and good governance do not support freedom of the press. For instance, while democratic elections are being held in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Russia, the media in these countries is often restricted or controlled by government censorship, begging the question: How democratic are they really?
Does free media equal good governance? Can an “honest” election occur without press freedom? Do the media play a role in good governance?
IJNet would like to hear your opinion. We invite you to answer these questions or add some of your own. Please identify your country if possible. Thanks for your participation.