ABOUT THE OCCASIONAL PAPERS SERIES
The USAID Office of Democracy and Governance Occasional Papers Series was launched in October 2000.The series includes publications intended principally for USAID personnel; however, all persons interestedin the topic may benefit from the series. The Occasional Papers Series is designed to bring together DCHA/DG-produced or funded publications in a coherent series that upholds the high standards and qualityestablished by the DG Offices Technical Publication Series. Authors of individual publications may beUSAID officials and/or other individuals from the public and private sector. The Office of Democracy andGovernance reserves the right to review and edit all publications for content and format and all are subjectto a broad USAID review process.
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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This document identifies the main components of the legal environment that enable media to advancedemocratic goals. Interactions between the legal and media sectors significantly shape the degree of professional independence enjoyed by newspapers and broadcasters, allowing media to provide more accurateinformation to citizens and elites alike. Thus, a basic understanding of the most pertinent laws, enforcementand judicial practices, administrative processes, ownership structures, and other aspects of the enablingenvironment can help in the design of more effective strategies for developing free media. This, in turn,reinforces more broadly the effectiveness of democratic institutions.
Comments regarding this publication should be directed to
Gary Hansen, Team LeaderCivil SocietyTel: (202) 712-1521Fax: (202) email@example.comOffice of Democracy and GovernanceBureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian AssistanceU.S. Agency for International DevelopmentWashington, DC 20523-3100More information, including electronic versions of the DG Offices Technical Publication Series, is availablefrom the DG Offices Intranet site athttp://inside.usaid.gov/G/DG/ and USAIDs democracy Internet site at
ABOUT THE DG OFFICE
The Office of Democracy and Governance is the U.S. Agency for International Developments focal pointfor democracy and governance programming. The DG Offices role is to provide USAID and otherdevelopment practitioners with the technical and intellectual expertise needed to support democraticdevelopment. It provides this expertise in the following areas:
Rule of Law
Elections and Political Processes