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Media and Politics in New DemocraciesEurope in a Comparative Perspective$
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Jan Zielonka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747536.001.0001

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Media, Conflict, and Political Transitions in Africa

Media, Conflict, and Political Transitions in Africa

(p.289) 19 Media, Conflict, and Political Transitions in Africa
Media and Politics in New Democracies

Nicole Stremlau

Iginio Gagliardone

Oxford University Press

There are significant parallels between media and democracy in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in terms of political and institutional development. This chapter explores some of these parallels, as well as some of the major differences, through a focus on the role of the media in Africa’s broader democratization trends in three main areas: the media as political actors in conflict; the challenge of looking beyond the formal state to other forms of authority to understand the structure of the media and their relationships to the centres of power; and the attempts by some of Africa’s leaders to offer alternative theories about the role of media in democratization in conflict and post-conflict societies. The authors argue that hybridity, or the blending of informal and formal structures, is key to an understanding of the variety and complexity of the new systems, norms, and practices in Africa and CEE.

Keywords:   Africa, democratization, informal governance, journalists, war, media and conflict

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