Democracy and the Media in Africa: 2010-2011 Ivory Coast Political Transition
This contribution intends to critically analyze the relationship between the media’s role in portraying facts and opinions, and democratic consolidation on African context. West Africa’s Ivory Coast’s recent and disputed transition will be the case study to focus on this particular combination of issues. This study draws theoretically on the positive role media could play in the democratic consolidation of the country, and acknowledges critical perspectives on the linear understanding of democracy. Following a qualitative approach, the role of the media during the transition process is addressed through interviews with media practitioners. Therefore, it offers additional elements in order to understand the contribution of media to democracy in African contemporary societies.