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Countering Terror: The Importance of a Free Press

Posted: 18 Mar 2009 Last revised: 23 Aug 2010

Sanjukta Roy

World Bank Institute

Date Written: 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

Suggested Citation

Roy, Sanjukta, Countering Terror: The Importance of a Free Press (March 14, 2009). Available at SSRN:

Sanjukta Roy (Contact Author)

World Bank Institute ( email )

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