Accountability and media accountability: A view from India

Thomas, Pradip Ninan (2011). Accountability and media accountability: A view from India. In Manuel Pinto and Helen Sousa (Ed.), Communication and citizenship: Rethinking crisis and change (pp. 33-46) Coimbra, Portugal: Gracio Editor.

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Author Thomas, Pradip Ninan
Title of chapter Accountability and media accountability: A view from India
Title of book Communication and citizenship: Rethinking crisis and change
Place of Publication Coimbra, Portugal
Publisher Gracio Editor
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
ISBN 9789898377159
Editor Manuel Pinto
Helen Sousa
Chapter number 2
Start page 33
End page 46
Total pages 14
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper focuses on the role of the Right to Information (RTI) movement in India in fostering and nurturing political and media accountability. It argues that formal media accountability initiatives, be it of a voluntary nature or an aspect of regulation, have failed to contribute to media accountability. The best hope for media accountability stems from movements such as the Right to Information that continue to play a major role in creating the basis for substantive democracy in India. Transparency and accountability have now become watchwords and the RTI has now become the basis for the leveraging of other rights - the rights to food and employments that are critical to the survival of India's many millions who live below the poverty line. The paper also argues that there is a need to revisit the roles played by civil society and political society in India in order to gain a better understanding of the basis and impetus for democratic reform in India.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes The title of this book, Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change, was the general theme of IAMCR's 2010 Conference hosted by the Communication and Society Research Centre of the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal in July 2010. The book is a collection of the conference's plenary addresses on the general theme in the hope that their publication will keep the debate alive. [from IMCR2010 website]

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