The Media in West Africa: A Civic Space Emergency
The media has played significant roles in amplifying citizens’ voices, monitoring public officials’ actions and holding governments accountable. These roles played by the media were very instrumental in leading to the democratic transition witnessed throughout the region. Hence, from the 1990s West Africa observed a wave of change which provided an enabling environment for a burgeoning media landscape. However, in recent years, the media has increasingly been facing challenges which are threatening its very existence. It is crucial for stakeholders in the media industry to face these growing challenges and start implementing measures that can help them build strong, resilient and sustainable media organisations that can meaningfully contribute to the democratic journey of the region.
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