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Media, freedom and poverty: A Latin American perspective

Media conglomerates grow bigger by the day, while alternative options are crushed with legal arguments drawn by the marry alliance between private media and government servants. It has taken many years for emblematic intellectuals, such as Ignacio Ramonet, to acknowledge that the so-called "˜fourth power' has colluded with economic and political interests, and to suggest that we need to build from scratch a "˜fifth power' that will genuinely represent people. This paper was presented by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron, Managing Director , at the conference Media, Freedom and Poverty in Developing Countries, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation, Panos and The Communication for Social Change Consortium, in Bellagio (Italy), October 2-5, 2003.

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