MEDIA AND INTERNAL SECURITY BEYOND THE LIBERAL NARRATIVE: THE CASES OF ECUADOR AND GEORGIA

  • VALERIA PUGA ÁLVAREZ
  • TSOTNE TCHANTURIA
Keywords: DEMOCRACY, MEDIA, SECURITY, ECUADOR, GEORGIA

Abstract

Media outlets have emerged as political actors in some recently born democracies. The liberal narrative
has provided quantitative tools to “measure” the level of democracy and the level of press
freedom through rankings and indicators. This often doesn’t give a nuanced and unbiased account
on the media performance in their very specific context. How to interpret the role of media in internal
security beyond the liberal narrative?
In the following article, we are going to explore the role of media in internal security in the light of
the cases of contemporary Ecuador and Georgia. Our main assumption is that, in the recent born
democracies the instrumental adoption of the freedom of press normed by media outlets has derived
on the spread of misinformative practices that jeopardizes not only the democratic system, but also
the internal security of a country. In this regard, current liberal standards may be often limited to understand
and to call attention on this danger. In response to this shortcoming, we propose to integrate
the security variable as a part of the debate on democracy and freedom of press.

Published
2019-03-26