Countering Terror: The Importance of a Free Press

Sanjukta Roy

World Bank Institute

March 14, 2009

The paper is an attempt to reestablish the importance of a free press in the context of combating the most dreadful threat faced by countries in current times - terrorism. Considering the case of transnational terrorism, the robust analysis establishes that a free press does have a mitigating impact on terrorism. The importance of the paper extends further to substantiate that, though a democracy has often been criticized to be terror-inviting, when empowered by a free press, the two together have a strong terror dampening e ect.

Keywords: Institutions, Press Freedom, Terrorism

JEL Classification: O10, O12

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Date posted: March 18, 2009 ; Last revised: August 23, 2010

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Roy, Sanjukta, Countering Terror: The Importance of a Free Press (March 14, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359623

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Sanjukta Roy (Contact Author)
World Bank Institute ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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