Media freedom, access to internet, and the availability of open government data counteract corruption, write Christopher Starke, of University of Münster, Teresa K. Naab, of University of Augsburg, and Helmut Scherer, of Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media.
The authors analysed data collected for other research from 159 countries and from three years (2013, 2008, and 2003). The authors used the Corruption Perception Index compiled by the NGO Transparency International; Press Freedom Index by Freedom House; internet access statistics from the International Telecommunication Union; and information on open government data services from the United Nation’s E-Government Survey.
The article “Free to Expose Corruption” was published by the International Journal of Communication. It is freely available online (open access).
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