[FoME] BBC MA Policy Brief: Public service media in divided societies: Relic or renaissance?
Sofie.Jannusch at CAMECO.ORG
Do Okt 15 14:29:33 CEST 2015
Public service media in divided societies: Relic or renaissance?
(BBC Media Action website) This briefing focuses on the media of
countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where
governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in
such societies – sometimes called fragile states – is increasingly
relevant and sometimes critical to underpinning political and social
development for the 21st century.
Overview: The briefing, written by the former Director of News at the
BBC World Service, Phil Harding and one of a series of BBC Media Action
briefings on the role of a free media in fragile states, argues that
public service media – more traditionally called public service
broadcasting – have special characteristics relevant to divided
societies. They can provide trusted news and platforms for independent
public debate for all people in society. These media can contribute to
social cohesion and political stability where much of the rest of the
media (both traditional and social) may be fragmented along factional,
religious, ethnic or other lines. And they can help people in divided
societies to find common cause with each other, enabling them to
transcend the politics of identity to rebuild their often fractured
It argues that renewed energy should be invested in strategies that
support media systems rooted in public service values of trust,
independence, universality and putting the public interest before all
others. Despite formidable challenges, support strategies could include
a revitalised and more imaginative focus on supporting the reform of
state broadcasters to help them become editorially and financially
independent public service broadcasters.
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