Who Owns the Media: Global Trends and Local Resistances

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The US model of media control and policy making is being rapidly exported across the world. Some countries are attempting to preserve their own cultural production, and there are moves to try to keep culture out of the control of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Many books on the political economy of communications have either focused on general tendencies internationally, or have focused on the links between markets and media freedom in specific countries and regions. The uniqueness of this book lies in its focus on both local and international forces. While critiquing international capital, it also acknowledges the bargains that are struck between the local operators and transnationals. The contributors demonstrate the misfit between media ownership and public accountability and look ahead for ways to enable citizens around the world become effective participants in media policy making.

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Pradip N. Thomas is Director of the Global Studies Program at the ecumenical World Association for Christian Communication.

Zaharom Nain is Associate Professor in Communications at the Science University of Malaysia.

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