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An independent press is essential to sound and equitable economic
development. The media helps to give a voice to the poor and the
disenfranchised. An independent press also provides a solid foundation
for a free and transparent society.
The Right to Tell contains an outstanding list of
contributors from Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank chief
economist, Joseph Stiglitz to Robert J. Shiller author of Irrational
Exuberance, and Nobel Prize winner and novelist Gabriel Garcia
Marquez. Contributors to this volume explore the role of the media as a
watchdog of government and the corporate sector, and the policies that
prevent the media from exercising that role. The Right to Tell
assesses the media's function as transmitters of new ideas and
information. This book also evaluates the damaging effects that an
unethical or irresponsible press can cause to a society.
Several of the book's contributors describe the role of the
media and the challenges they face in specific countries including
Bangladesh, Egypt, the former Soviet Union, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
These fascinating case studies highlight the media's ability to act
as a catalyst for change and growth.
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