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Media Development

Discussion Paper: Freedom of Expression and the Media in the development agenda after 2015

As part of the discussions on formulating post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, a DW Akademie paper analyzes how information access, free expression and independent media can be integrated in the new global objectives.

Access to information, freedom of expression and an independent media are important for a sustainable future. They should be explicitly included in a future framework describing UN development goals for the years beyond 2015. We discuss two options: firstly, integration of "information access and freedom of expression" as one of the new Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And secondly, "good governance" as a new goal in which transparency, accountability and free media are considered.

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