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The Role Of The Media and Education in Corruption Prevention

The Role Of The Media and Education in Corruption Prevention

Education: The Backbone to Corruption Prevention

  • In addition to the prevention methods, educating people of all ages and backgrounds is a key component to corruption prevention.
  • Through education, citizens can learn both their rights and raise awareness about their government systems, work, and learn how corruption is a problem that lowers their standard of living, and how it can be resisted in their own lives.
  • As a result of education, citizens learn to think beyond whether giving a bribe contributes to the problem in their country more generally, but also understand to what government services they are entitled, why corruption occurs, and what, if any, institutions are available to help them to be protected whistleblowers.
  • Civic and Anti corruption education can be both formal and informal, preventative and reactionary.
  • It is organized to teach people their rights, the government services available to them, and to explain how corruption itself occurs and how the public can play a role in its prevention.
  • Civic and anti corruption education programs develop expectations for good citizenship and good governance, enable citizens to think and act in the context of their own world, and lay the foundation for sustainable development in the future.                    The Role Of The Media and Education in Corruption Prevention

The Role Of The Media In Corruption Prevention

Media has an important role to play in raising awareness on rights to official information.

It does this by supporting and facilitating initiatives that sensitize government officials on the importance of making public information available, working with information centers to promote civic education on rights and entitlement under official legislations.

  • The media is important as it is a non biased source of information for politics and education. However the media is sometimes faced with limitations to their progress, such as ramifications for exposing state-run wrongdoings.
  • In others, there are strict libel laws, which are meant to protect media stories from unsubstantiated claims, but are often so stifling that the media is again prohibited from fulfilling its defining function — to share the news with the people.
  • As Media is so important to fighting corruption, designing an environment which enables a productive and successful media is imperative.
  • An enabling environment comprises a set of often inter-related conditions that impact the capacity of citizens to engage in development processes in a sustained and effective manner.

These conditions include legal, regulatory and policy frameworks, and political/governmental, economic, and sociocultural factors that mandate governments to make information available to citizens, businesses, civil society, and the media.              The Role Of The Media and Education in Corruption Prevention

In addition, journalists must have information on policies, rules, regulations, and government procedures, as well as the relative speed with which this can be accessed.

 

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