Media and Good Governance

This field places emphasis on the influence of the media on democracy and good governance. It rests on the premise that when the media are critical of policies and serve as a civic forum – then they contribute to overall social development.
Good governance implies greater participation of the civil society in policy decision-making, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, transparency and accountability of institutions, reducing poverty and realizing human rights. These aspects of good governance are strengthened when the media are strong and independent. The media provide a constant mechanism of assessment and check of government actions and they provide help so that public interest issues gain importance and the voice of the citizens is heard in the public domain.