Breaking the News: The Role of State-Run Media

  title={Breaking the News: The Role of State-Run Media},
  author={Christopher R. Walker and Christopher Robert W. Orttung},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={71 - 85}
Despite the rise of the Internet, state-dominated media—especially television—remain a crucial tool for regime control in authoritarian societies. Governments in China and Russia are the forefront of the state media model, but such systems dominate in countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Iran, Rwanda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. To achieve dominance state media seek to influence four audiences: regime coalition elites; the populace at large; Internet users; and the opposition and civil society. The… Expand
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