To navigate a complex and an ever-evolving media landscape, citizens must obtain the critical abilities and necessary communicative skills to participate actively and meaningfully in a democratic public sphere—the space where free and equal citizens come together to discuss and debate current affairs. Fueled by media literacy, this informed discussion in the public sphere can engage citizens as active stakeholders in governance reforms. This paper argues that media literacy, therefore, plays a crucial role in the governance reform agenda. To assist development practitioners, the paper also makes recommendations for steps to improve governance through media literacy.
CommGap Discussion Paper, 14 pp.