Jury trials educate the jurors about the justice system of our country. The article Why Jury Trials are Important to a Democratic Society says “People who serve on juries have a greater respect for the system when they leave. Serving on a jury gives people insight into the justice system and their own communities, and corrects misapprehensions about what takes place in a courtroom.” The shows people see on TV give people false conclusions about what the justice system is actually like. Having citizens serve on the jury lets them learn more about the countries judicial branch. Other than being a good learning opportunity it gives the people a voice in the government.
Freedom Of Speech The freedom to express ourselves and speak our minds is an inextricable and part of a strong democracy. When you have a government directed by its citizens, it is critical that those citizens be engaged and informed. It is equally important that citizens have the freedom and the avenue to challenge the government and its representatives, discuss key issues and be absolutely assured that their voices are heard. Newspapers, social media and the internet provide that avenue and self-expression. We recognise the importance of publishing a diversity of view-points, as we only grow as a country and effectively address difficult issues if a variety of expertise, facts and opinions are shared.
It is this idea of self-discipline and self-governance, which the occurrence of mass surveillance brought on, which leads to the normalizing judgment. Not only are we constantly governing our activities for fear of how they may present to those authority figures who may be watching, we are constantly appraising ourselves. In this way, “it is not that the individual is repressed, altered by our social order, it is rather that the individual is carefully fabricated in it, according to a whole technique of forces and bodies. We are […] in the panoptic machine (Foucault,
Effect of Mass Media on democracy The word democracy is one of the most used terms of the political vocabulary. This vital concept, through its transcultural dimension and because it touches the very fundamentals of the life of human beings in society, has given rise to much written comment and reflection. Democracy is taken from Greek word "Demokratia" this word is a blend of "demos" (people) and "Kratein" (rule). Democracy is a form of government in which all citizens, either directly or indirectly through (by their elected representatives), participate to power and to do their civil responsibility. Democratic societies knows that one of their primary tasks of them is defending basic rights such as, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, equal protection of the law, opportunity to organize and participate fully in the political, economic, and cultural life of the community.
CHAPTER 2 ROLE OF MEDIA IN A DEMOCRACY Democracy is understood to be that form of government that is based on popular sovereignty and media, in essence, is considered to be the fourth pillar of a democracy. A democracy can perform to its utmost potential when there is wide mass participation and this is possible when the people are well informed and made aware of the prevailing issues. The texture and architectural consistency of a democratic polity is supposed to depend, interalia, on the existence of a free and independent media. In fact media like Janus, the Roman God, is twin faced - one face is that of a progenitor of change and the other that of a perpetuator of status quo. Thus, its role in a democratically designed society can be categorically defined in the following three ways: as an agent of change through setting of certain agendas determined to bring about the same in society, as a reflector of dominant values , and as a reinforcer, not only reflecting but strengthening dominant values, models and attitudes in society.
“Voting ensures that our system of government is maintained and individual voices are clearly heard by elected officials.” For instance, this responsibility was set to be a guide law to citizens for them to understand the importance of voting. This is because, leaders are most of the time referred to people who are cause of different problems. Therefore, since they are the ones who can elect a good leader, then should understand the importance of their involvement. In addition to this responsibility, Americans are responsible to respect and obey federal, state, and local laws (US Citizenship and Immigration Service, n.d). This is a complement to the first responsibility.
The freedom of the press serves the larger purpose of the right of the people to be informed of a broad spectrum of facts, views and opinions. It is the medium through which people gain access to new information and ideas, an essential component of a functioning democracy. Thus, “the survival and flowering of Indian democracy owes a great deal to the freedom and vigour of our press.” The media is vital in the role it plays in uncovering the truth and rousing public opinion, especially in the face of wrongdoing and corruption. Numerous examples exist where the media has played a central role in revealing corrupt practices and shaping the demand for accountability and good governance. The importance of media in a democracy becomes particularly evident when it comes to challenges surrounding media and the elections.
The most important role of the media in politics is to report the news. The media serves as an arbitrator between the government and the people by reporting the news. Thus helps to define which issues should be talk over, and people are actively engaged in social issues and politics. As noted above, the vast majority of people must trust the media to provide them with information. News reporting in Pakistan is drift down towards a diffuse model with new digital technology.
Media trial is also an appreciable effort along with the revolutionary sting operations as it keeps a close watch over the investigations and activities of police administration and executive. But there must be a reasonable self-restriction over its arena and due emphasis should be given to the fair trial and court procedures must be respected with adequate sense of responsibility. Media should acknowledge the fact that whatever they publish has a great impact over the spectator. Therefore, it is the moral duty of media to show the truth and that too at the right
Mass media plays an important role in affecting the political situation nowadays. Political scientists always try to study the impact of mass media on politics and on the society. Some political scientists argue that mass media should be only a tool of communication between people and government. This can be done by informing people about the recent news or recent political decisions taken by government and providing the people with many points of views without being biased to a single opinion. While others argue that mass media are often biased politically and they are a growing unaccountable power.