Press freedom and development: an analysis of correlations between freedom of the press and the different dimensions of development, poverty, governance and peace

This study is the outcome of a research project implemented by the Centre for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at Sciences Po University with support by UNESCO. The research has sought to use various econometric tools and data from world-renowned institutions to investigate the relationship between free press and development and to ascertain a correlation between the two.

UNESCO, as the only UN body with a specific mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, has supported, among other efforts to understand the impact of media freedom, this study undertaken by the Centre for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at Paris-based Institute for Political Studies (IEP - Sciences Po).

Main results of the study confirm the importance of press freedom for development. According to the authors’ conclusions, the analysis suggests that “there is a ‘good’ correlation between press freedom and the different dimensions of development, poverty and governance”. Along with other indicators of good governance, press freedom creates the environment favourable for sustainable development.

These encouraging findings furthermore corroborate the assertion that a widespread media access and independent free press can contribute to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. Finally, the results of this study lend scientific validation to the efforts of the freedom of expression advocates throughout the world.



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  • Cantidad de páginas: 133 p.
  • Autor(es): Guseva, Marina; Nakaa, Mounira; Novel, Anne Sophie; Pekkala, Kirsi; Souberou, Bachir; Stouli, Sami
  • Año de publicación: 2008
  • Código del documento: CI.2007/WS/16
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