Trying to go it alone and failing in an authoritarian developing state [electronic resource] : a case study of the Independent in Trinidad /
ABSTRACT: Why do some fledgling newspapers flourish while others only last a few years? What is the impact of press-government relations compared to economics, demographics, circulation, management, advertising, editorial policies, and ownership on their survival? This researcher chose to study the history of Trinidad's Independent newspaper because of the unique circumstances that led to its formation. The Independent represented an integral facet of democracy in Trinidad. It was a rare forum for dissenting or non-mainstream voices, and held the possibility of a real expression of free speech without fear of government sanctions. From 1996 to 1999, as they tried to keep the paper afloat, the founding members of the Independent faced many crucial challenges. Some of the obstacles in their path were a result of direct pressure from the political administration (unwarranted tax audits, hesitant advertisers, and an arson attempt).
School:University of Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:independent trinidad and tobago trinidadian tobagonian newspapers government the press freedom media panday
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