Scope and obstacles of media accountability In Latin America after the Third Wave of Democracy

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Abstract One of the most classic normative functions of media in democracies is to be vigilant of power, both to serve as defenders of the citizens and for the public opinion to make correct decisions. This paper discusses from a critical perspective the accountability of the media in Latin America from the Third Wave of Democracy up to date, which has been important in denouncing and investigating certain cases of political corruption, but has been limited for two reasons: the first is the high concentration of ownership of regional media systems, have led to a very low level of informative pluralism which calls into question the true scope and intentions of the surveillance that the media can carry out of power and its contribution to democracy. On the other hand, the second reason is the reforms carried out in recent years by the leadership of some progressive or populist governments that have not created a proper environment for this function, and on the contrary, have provided shortcomings for the freedom of information, a basic principle for media accountability. As a conclusion, this paper reflects on the importance of promoting informative pluralism and freedom of expression as the basis of media surveillance of power in the Latin American region.
Translated title of the contributionScope and obstacles of media accountability In Latin America after the Third Wave of Democracy
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages15
JournalAnagramas -Rumbos y sentidos de la comunicación-
Volume16
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • COMMUNICATION
  • Latin America
  • democracy
  • accountability
  • monitoring
  • media
  • power
  • systems
  • concentration
  • reforms
  • populism

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