[FoME] Public service media initiatives in the global south

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mo Aug 1 09:42:42 CEST 2016

Edited by Anis Rahman and Gregory Ferrell Lowe
Published by Simon Fraser University Library, Canada

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Preface, Gregory Ferrell Lowe
- Introduction, Anis Rahman
- Chapter 1, Anis Rahman: Public Media Initiatives in Bangladesh and
South Asia: Politics and Prospects
- Chapter 2, Bouziane Zaid: Public Service Broadcasting Structure and
Performance in Morocco and the MENA Region
- Chapter 3, José Antonio Brambila: Public Media Service in Mexico and
Latin America: Recent Improvements and Future Challenges
- Chapter 4, Roslina Abdul Latif & Badrul Redzuan Abu Hassan: PSM
Initiatives in the Southeast Asian Region: A Comparative Study between
Malaysia and Indonesia
- Chapter 5, Hamilton Chung-Ming Cheng & Yang Lee: Taiwan Public
Service Broadcasting—Devoted Professionalism, Representative Civil
Society, and Weak Governance
- Chapter 6, Nomonde Gongxeka: South Africa’s Experience with Public
Service Media

"This volume counter-balances the heavy Western bias in the existing
scholarship, which often laments the decline or crisis of public service
media (PSM). Proceeding with both a theoretical and comparative
sensibility, and centred on seven case studies from the global South,
this book explores major challenges and opportunities for PSM.
Refreshingly optimistic, it generates some surprising conclusions about
the role of both the state and local communities in the performance and
future of PSM in the distinctive cultural and political contexts of the
South. It will be a valuable resource to media researchers, teachers,
policymakers, practitioners, and anyone concerned with the prospects for
democratic communication globally."
Robert A. Hackett, Professor of Communication, Simon Fraser University,

"This book makes an important and timely contribution to an
increasingly global discourse on the meanings, values and roles of
public service in media provision today. While acknowledging the
significant contributions of the public service broadcasting heritage in
the Global North in efforts to establish such provision in the Global
South, the contributors explain why simple imitation is unlikely to ever
work well enough across such a diverse range of countries and regions
with crucial differences in their histories, languages, cultures and
experiences. The substance demonstrates the crucial importance of
socio-cultural and politico-historical context as the decisive issue to
keep firmly in mind when devising policies to facilitate media practice
in the public interest. The case countries are well selected to
represent a cross-section of experiences in Latin America, the Middle
East and North Africa, South Asia and southern Africa. The similarity of
challenges is a particular interest, but equally the significant
differences that signal the importance of adaptation to local and
national conditions. The lessons highlighted in the introductory chapter
merit fair consideration by policy-makers, scholars and researchers, and
advocacy foundations with an interest to support the development of
media as democratic institutions and democracy in practice."
Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Continuity Director, Professor of Media
Management, School of Communication, Media & Theatre, University of
Tampere, Finland

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