The Parliament And The Role Of Mass Media And Parliament

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uite evidently, mass media and parliament are twin dynamic institutions central to the sustenance of democracy. Their conceptual and contextual basis is inherently imbedded in their role framework. Hence, to properly provide meaning to the two concepts attempts have been made to, distinctly, locate their scope, role and broad functions in a democracy. In other words, to be able to clearly understand the two concepts, the approach adopted in this work is to situate them within the context of the role they are expected to play in a democratic environment and the functions they should embark on. This causal synthesis essentially forms the nucleus of this chapter. Parliament: Scope and Perspective Political Science theoretical construct acknowledges Parliament as one of the major symbols of democratic representation. Other symbols are: Political parties, periodic 14 PARLIAMENT AND MEDIA IN CONTEXT AND PERSPECTIVE elections, fundamental human rights and freedom of the citizens to choose their leaders, among others. This is based on the timeless definition of democracy as“government of the people for the people by the people”. The Parliament whose central responsibility is lawmaking and oversight function draws its power and existence from the people. Since democracy principally involves periodic elections, people freely exercise their voting right to elect those who represent them in the

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