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You rightly point out that competitive media can be as problematic as state media - but the answer surely lies in improving the quality of the outputs by enabling a robust and ethical journalistic culture. The constraints imposed on independent minded journalists by their supervisors (often the placemen of commercial interests) can be as stultifying as the effects of official censorship. Whats surely needed is a variant of public media, which is neither private nor state owned and allows for transparent journalism with high standards. The costs of publishing and broadcasting are tumbling with the spread of mobile media and governments are reacting by imposing censorship and charging these new media players with 'sedition' at the drop of a hat. Its probably a good idea for outside institutions to step in an create a space for these new actors to grow in a responsible way.