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Title:Francophone Africa: the rise of 'pluralist authoritarian' media systems?
Author:Frère, Marie SoleilISNI
Periodical:African journalism studies (ISSN 2374-3689)
Geographic term:French-speaking Africa
freedom of the press
mass media
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/23743670.2015.1008176
Abstract:In this article the author describes some shared trends in media systems in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. She argues that these media systems can be labeled 'pluralist authoritarian'. In the façade we see a pluralist media landscape, a market open to private initiatives, an absence of a priori control over media content, a diversity of political parties able to interact with media outlets, and journalists who have gained autonomy through the establishment of their own principles of conduct, professional organisations and self-regulatory bodies. But behind the façade, media outlets have to face maneuvering from those in power who wish to control the flow of information through direct political pressure, indirect economic obstacles, dominance on the public media, and manipulation of the legal framework and judicial system. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]