The Partnership of Free Speech & Good Governance in Africa

Author:
Winnie Mitullah and Paul Kamau
Publisher:
AfroBarometer
Publication Date:
16 October 2013
Tags:
Africa, Governance, Sustainable Development, Legal and Judicial Affairs, Press and Media

Freedom of speech is not just valuable as a democratic end in itself. It is strongly linked to popular perceptions of both media effectiveness and good governance, according to new data from Afrobarometer, collected during face-to-face interviews with 51,605 people in 34 countries during 2011-131. People who indicate they are free to say what they think also report higher levels of trust in their leaders, lower levels of corruption, and better government performance - especially greater success in fighting corruption. Greater freedom of expression is also linked to mass media that are more effective in keeping a watchful eye on government.

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