The media is repeatedly raised to as the fourth pillar in democracy. It has a key role to play in nursing and exploring the actions of those in power and informing citizens about them. When the media are working well to prevent corruption, they employ analytical reporting to reveal injustices and destructions and, in an educational sense, support social values that reduce the incidence of corruption in government and business. Trusting on freedom of speech, the media perform their regulator role in society as they curb and expose social unfairness.
In an open, varied, self-governing and technologically developed society, the media are a chiefly effective armament for exposing and preventing corruption; they are successful at this, these cases have interest, currency, and clarity. The economic costs of corruption are generally severe; it tends to strike at the heart of the community; it involves a battle which has been deemed a crime; and the mistrusts and guilty parties are often protuberant statistics in society. Where media corporations compete with one another, we can of course suppose a richer variety of communications services than where they are focused.
As on the market place in general, large controls are not good, for though one might honestly think that the media in a self-governing society function as a neutral and unbiased watchdog, cannot deny that cooperation exists between the media and the power choice. Politicians in particular need and boom on advertising and the media need the material that representative’s food.
The legal system cannot at present guarantee legal protection of the individual against unfounded claims of corruption. Now that communications are becoming gradually global, the chances of the national legal system are even more limited than before. On the world-wide level means must be found for better caring the individual, and a balance must be struck between free statement and legal guard of the single.