What is Media Governance ?
The participants of the UNESCO-sponsored World Press Freedom Day conference in Dakar, Senegal, in May, 2005 recalled Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, and regardless of frontiers”,
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals, set forth a human rights-based approach to development, in which participation and transparency in decision-making, empowerment and accountability play a key role. Greater participation by citizens in a democratic processes, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, respect for the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary, transparency, accountability, access to information, poverty reduction and human rights are key elements of good governance, and
free access to information held by public bodies as a vital component of good governance.
Thus, news media is an essential factor in good governance, vital to increasing both transparency and accountability in decision-making processes and to communicating...