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Communication Technology and Reports on Political Violence: Cross-National Evidence Using African Events Data

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- Enablers
- Challenges

- Internet for Democracy
- Internet Or Digital Rights and Freedoms

Author(s): Mihai Croicu and Joakim Kreutz

In this paper, we explore whether political violent events that occur close to modern communication networks are systematically better reported than others. Our analysis approximates information availability by the level of detail provided about the date of each political violent event in Africa from 2008 to 2010 and finds that although access to communication technology improves reporting, the size of the effect is very small. Additional investigation finds that the effect can be attributed to the ability of journalists to access more diverse primary sources in remote areas due to increased local access to modern communication technology.


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