Media In Corruption

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The role of media in uncovering corruption – György Márk Kis Abstract In this research the author reviews recent literature and shows, that corruption in itself is reduced by a free and active media. The author introduces the phenomenon of corruption, both definitions and surfacing. The paper claims, that according to the literature, media freedom and corruption have a negative correlation between them, lists empirical studies for this claim and shows certain conditions which the literature identified as necessary premises for a well functioning media, which at least partly serves civil society and coerces good governance. Keywords: corruption, media, investigative journalism Introduction Media (and investigative journalism) has its fair share of modern society. It informs the populace, as objectively as possible, with the methods we’ve formerly seen used by private eyes. The media broadcasts what their journalists investigated. They work under surveillance, gathering every information crumb before they reveal the whole story, usually about corrupt practices. This is why we can argue, that this type of journalism constitutes maybe the most to the reputation of the media, the ’Fourth Branch’ as labeled by part of the field, such as Lee and Solomon (1990). The field values investigative journalism, which brings a lot of corrupt stories to the surface. In fact, since the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Journalism is awarded, out of the 61 awards at least 15 went to journalists

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