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Title:New private media in French-speaking West African countries: problems and prospects: the cases of Benin and Niger
Author:Frere, Marie-SoleilISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Afrika Focus
Volume:12
Issue:1-3
Pages:85-117
Language:English
Geographic terms:Niger
Benin
Subjects:press
democracy
Link:https://doi.org/10.21825/af.v12i1-2-3.5597
Abstract:At the end of the 1980s, the 'wind of democracy' reached Africa, private newspapers appeared and the media became active participants in most democratic transitions. This paper takes a closer look at the rise of the democratic transition in Benin and Niger. The first part of the paper shows how the democratic experiment took place in both countries and how private and government-owned media came to play an active role in all main political changes. The second part examines the role of the new private written press in the democratic transition and mentions the main problems facing both the press and the implementation of democracy. These problems are of a linguistic, geographic, and financial nature. A fourth limit is to be found in the strong integration of the newspapers in the political field. In conclusion, attention is paid to the recent political events that have occurred in Benin and Niger, showing that the democratic process has generated very different outcomes. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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