Excessive state control of communications mass media

Other Names:
State monopoly of broadcasting facilities

Governments step into the mass media for three reasons: first, it is ideologically and politically helpful for government to use the mass media to communicate with and influence citizens; second, in many cases only the public sector can provide the massive financial outlay required especially as start-up costs where new media technology is initiated; third, government has a moral responsibility to monitor the quality of information, entertainment, culture and education offered. This necessary involvement too often, however, becomes a stranglehold when government sponsorship prohibits the free competition of alternative opinions and programming.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST