Media and Accountability in Latin America

Framework – Conditions – Instruments

  • Mariella Bastian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Framework

  3. Empirical approach and methodological background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
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  4. Accountability frames

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
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  5. Media accountability instruments

  6. Final conclusion and outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 495-552

About this book


This study approaches a pressing question for the public, the media, and in academia: how can the media be held accountable? By focusing on the relationship between media and accountability in the understudied region of Latin America, Mariella Bastian provides a theoretical framework for the analysis of media accountability (MA) beyond the Global North. The underlying conditions for the development of MA in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are identified by conducting a multi-method study. The author also gives an overview of the status quo of the implementation of both traditional and innovative MA instruments.

  • Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay: Background and media landscapes
  • De-westernizing the media accountability approach: Towards a Latin American design of accountability frames
  • Conditions for media accountability in Latin America
  • The status quo of online media accountability in Latin America
  • Media accountability instruments in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay
  • Special cases and typology of media accountability instruments in Latin America
Target Groups
  • Lecturers and students of journalism studies, communication science, Latin American studies, political sciences 
  • Journalists, media-related NGOs, policy makers
The Author

Dr. Mariella Bastian is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam). Her research interests include media accountability, media ethics, news personalization, Latin American media systems, media & democracy, and international journalism.  


Media accountability media ethics transparency audience participation media self-regulation media governance De-Westernization Latin America Southern Cone

Authors and affiliations

  • Mariella Bastian
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-24786-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-24787-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2569-1481
  • Series Online ISSN 2569-149X
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