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Is a Free Media Essential for Development?

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Is a free media essential for development?


What do we actually mean by a free press? Who, if anyone, has a free press? Do cases such as Rwanda suggest some freedom should be limited?

These questions and more were put to a panel of experts by the BBC's Stephen Sackur during the World Congress on Communication for Development in Rome, November 2006.

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The audio for this programme was recorded in November 06

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