MEDIA AND JUSTICE: WHAT ROLE IN DEMOCRACY?

Publication date:
12/2012
Author:
Mohammed Noureddine Affaya
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The debate over the image of justice among media, or the way judges perceive journalists is part of a fundamental issue: the preservation of judicial independence and the journalist’s freedom in order for the judge to apply the spirit of the law and to defend the citizen’s right to information and make journalists participate in public affairs. The media and the legal system are important elements for the countries engaged in the democratic process and trying to extricate themselves from authoritarianism, as is the case for certain states of the south-east Mediterranean. They are both crucial for the modernisation of democratic practices in the case of countries which have enshrined them in norms and institutions. The conflicting but complementary relations that the media maintain with judges contribute in several ways to achieve a democratic transition or, quite the contrary; it may play a role in its failure. Both possibilities may apply to all of the institutional, professional, deontological or regulatory levels.