A political boss, partisanship and the press : the impact on democracy of two newspapers in Salvador, Brazil

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2006-05

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This thesis analyzes levels of newspaper independence in Salvador, Bahia, considering how ownership shapes what news is printed and whether newspapers are drawn into clientelistic relationships with their owners. Through a content analysis of Salvador's two leading newspapers, A Tarde and Correio da Bahia, this study also examines whether the newspapers are including multiple perspectives in the news in an effort to engender civil society and strengthen democracy. This study will show that while the partisan Correio da Bahia has made its agenda reflect that of its owner, A Tarde has struggled to maintain its independence, attempting to include alternative voices and provide citizens with the information they need to participate in, and help further consolidation of, democracy. Such a systematic case study of the impact of owner influence on Brazilian media is rare in journalism literature.

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