Media

Weak access to information—in law or in practice—prevents citizens from being aware of the rights they are guaranteed, the mechanisms available to protect those rights, and the leverage necessary to hold their governments accountable. A free and responsible press and uncensored web access—free from restrictive laws, fear of harassment and violent persecution—serves in an important watchdog role, holding government, civil society, and the private sector accountable for their actions. Ultimately, media, as well as the internet, can support and advance the rule of law by providing accurate and informative content that educates the public about their rights, responsibilities, and the rule of law, while also providing information on developments that may impact those rights and responsibilities as well as a platform for responsible citizenship.