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Media, development and governance

This article explores the many obstacles facing media in developing countries in covering global issues, such as climate change, international trade negotiations or global governance of information communication technologies.

The authors identify seven challenges facing Southern journalists in covering these issues – ranging from resources, access to information and the difficulty of crafting stories to meet their own editor's demands.

They conclude that the lack of coverage of these issues brings with it serious implications for governance and policymakers: "Limited media engagement may contribute to reduced public support for policy decisions which at first sight do not seem to be widely beneficial in the short term… but are crucial in the long term, setting up a situation where development may be hindered."

[This article was published in Media Matters: Perspectives on advancing governance and development from the Global Forum for Media Development]