Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging

Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging

Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Distributed for Zed Books

320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2005  
Paper $52.95 ISBN: 9781842775837 Published May 2005 For sale in North and South America only
This major study explores the role of the mass media in promoting democracy and empowering civil society in Africa. The author contextualizes Africa within in the rapidly changing global media and shows how patterns of media ownership and state control have evolved and the huge difficulties under which most African media workers labour. The author also explores the whole question of media ethics and professionalism in Africa. The general analysis is supported by a very detailed unique case study of Cameroon. Nyamnjoh is critical of the Western-derived institutional framework for multi-party democracy that overlooks the social realities of African citizens‘ multiple identities, and their cultural orientation to communal values. He also concludes that African governments have gone very little way in encouraging independent media, but that the media themselves must also share some of the blame.
Contents
1. In the Name of Democracy: The Press and Its Predicaments
2. Media Ethics, Professionalism and Training in Africa
3. Multiparty Politics in Cameroon
4. The Official Media, Belonging and Democratisation
5. The Legal Framework and the Private Press
6. Professionalism and Ethics in the Private Press in Cameroon
7. Creative Appropriation of ICTs, Rumour, Press Cartoons and Politics
8. Liberal Democracy: Victim of a Partisan and Ethnic Press
9. Communication Policies in Africa: Lessons from the West
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