||Radio is still the most effective mass medium in Africa. Poverty and illiteracy make the alternatives, such as television and newspapers, inaccessible to most Africans. Radio has huge power which explains why, even in countries where independent broadcasting has become a reality, the government has tended to retain control of state broadcasting.
The detailed recommendations in this report are based on the obligations, as required by international legal standards, to ensure pluralism in the media - itself an important indicator of the level of democratic development. (from Article19 Website: http://www.article19.org)