Install the app

Install this application on your home screen for quick and easy access when you’re on the go.

Just tap Share then “Add to Home Screen”

The Masks of the Political God by Luca Ozzano

Press Freedom or News Accuracy? Media and Corruption in 34 European Countries

Marina Nistotskaya
University of Gothenburg
Marina Nistotskaya
University of Gothenburg
Victor Lapuente Gines
University of Gothenburg
Tania Gosselin
Université du Québec à Montréal

A free media has long been regarded as a key ingredient of high quality of government. Many analyses associate independent press and higher newspapers circulation with lower corruption. Yet, few studies examine which aspects of media performance make a difference for corruption. Does it matter that all main newspapers and television channels are aligned with political parties, or only some of them? Is news content accuracy important? We make use of original expert survey data to start investigating more systematically the relationship between media and corruption. A quantitative analysis of the link between media systems’ characteristics in 34 European countries sheds light on the key role of television, especially that of party/ownership bias, rather than newspapers. Content quality, measured by the accuracy of information from credible sources, registers no impact on corruption. We complement the analysis with observations pertaining to the case of Spain.
Share this page