Module 1 (Topic 7)

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What is the main purpose of the media in a democracy?

To promote freedom of speech

What is the main difference between a democracy and an authoritarian regime?

The media in an authoritarian regime is strictly controlled by the government.

What does the poem "Six Men Trying to Understand an Object" teach us?

It is important to be accurate when communicating with the public

What happened to Daphne Caruana Galizia?

She was killed for her journalism.

What is pluralism?

A system where different voices can be heard

What is the main goal of the media in an authoritarian regime?

To keep the government in power.

How can a democracy protect the freedom of the press?

By allowing for different perspectives to be heard

What is the role of the media in a democracy?

To promote freedom of speech.

What is an example of how journalists in a democracy must be vigilant?

Daphne Caruana Galizia's journalism exposed a flawed and corrupt government.

What is the main message of the poem "Six Men Trying to Understand an Object"?

Leaders should avoid bias when communicating with their citizens.

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  • In a democracy, the role of the media is to allow freedom of speech and expression, to report on unethical criminal and undemocratic behavior by government officials, and to keep the government accountable to the citizens.

  • Mass media in a democracy is essential for informing the public and mobilizing them to support the government.

  • In an authoritarian regime, the government controls the media and eliminates news that could be damaging to its reputation. This allows the government to remain in power without the public's consent.

  • Pluralism is a key component of the media in a democracy, as it allows for different voices to be heard and allows for a greater understanding of different perspectives.

  • Daphne Caruana Galizia's journalism exposed a flawed and corrupt government, which led to her death. She is an example of how journalists in a democracy must be vigilant in order to protect the freedom of the press.

  • Six men try to understand an object by feeling its different parts.

  • The men are blind and can't see the object's true shape.

  • They each feel different parts of the object and come to different conclusions.

  • The poem teaches us that it's important for leaders to communicate with their citizens, even if they can't see the whole picture.

  • Leaders should try to be as accurate as possible when communicating with the public, and avoid bias.

In this quiz, you'll be asked to identify different components of a democracy. You'll be asked to identify how a media in a democracy is essential for informing and mobilizing the public, as well as identifying how an authoritarian regime eliminates news that could be damaging to its image.

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