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Media and Governance in Latin America: Towards a Plurality of Voices
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When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Hilton Prague
Czech Republic
Contact: Jairo Lugo-Ocando

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In 21st century Latin America, information asymmetries are being challenged by new technological affordances, the reinvigoration of civil society and changing media laws, making questions about media and communication timing and relevant for the region’s democratic governance. Global debates around the media's role in democratic governance take a distinctive shape in Latin America, where the last wave of left-wing leaders has raised public questions about the part the media play in strengthening the region's young democracies. Media industries have become in the last decade object of government policies, industrial interests, juridical controversy, electoral campaigns, citizen's mobilization and journalistic debate. Academic debates about the role of communication in governance are shaped around the idea of fostering socially responsible and democratizing media and communication environments, including plural and independent media, as well as appropriate channels for citizen participation. Quality media are essential tools for achieving good governance, offering meaningful information for citizens' empowerment, opening plural debates and holding governments accountable. This conference aims at exploring the question about the role of communication for development and good governance in Latin America focusing in three main pillars: new political communication practices, communication for development and the role of the media in the governance agenda.

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