PANOS REGARDS MEDIA PLURALISM AS A PRECONDITION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. THE MEDIA IS A KEY PLAYER IN COALITION OF ACTORS WORKING TO EFFECT CHANGE.
Yet for the media to play a crucial role in the development of the region it has to have the capacity and space for diverse views within society and diverse channels of communication. This relies on balanced information flows between and within societies on the issues affecting the poor.
Although some countries have shown remarkable progress in recent years, the media environment has long been restricted.
This state of affairs hampers access to information and communication and prevents the marginalised from voicing their concerns. The resultant neglect of the priorities of the marginalised might and has sometimes led to alienation of a large part of the community from decision making processes. This causes conflict or even war.
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