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THE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR FREE ANDINDEPENDENT MEDIA
Contribution to Transparent and Accountable Governance
January 2002
OCCASIONAL PAPERS SERIES
Office of Democracy and GovernanceBureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian AssistanceU.S. Agency for International Development
...promoting the transition to and consolidation of democratic regimes throughout the world. 
 
TO ORDER THIS DOCUMENT FROM THEDEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE CLEARINGHOUSE
:Please reference the document title (
The Enabling Environment for Free and  Independent Media: Contribution to Transparent and Accountable Governance
)and document identification number (
PN-ACM-006
).USAID employees, USAID contractors overseas, and USAID sponsored organizationsoverseas may order documents at no charge.Universities, research centers, government offices, and other institutions located indeveloping countries may order up to five titles at no charge.All other institutions and individuals may purchase documents. Do not send payment.When applicable, reproduction and postage costs will be billed.Fax orders to (703) 351-4039
Attn:
USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC)E-mail orders to
 
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 Offices 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.
 A list of other relevant publications and ordering information are included at the back of this document.
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) 216-3231ghansen@usaid.govOffice 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 Offices Technical Publication Series, is availablefrom the DG Offices Intranet site athttp://inside.usaid.gov/G/DG/ and USAIDs democracy Internet site at http://www.usaid.gov/
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ABOUT THE DG OFFICE
The Office of Democracy and Governance is the U.S. Agency for International Developments focal pointfor democracy and governance programming. The DG Offices 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:
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Rule of Law
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Elections and Political Processes
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Civil Society
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Governance

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