The Media is one of the most important pillars of Democracy.The Media provides information about events and the changing conditions in society and in the world. The Media correlates, that is, it explains and gives meaning to events and information; it supports norms and perceived authority, it raises awareness and builds consensus. The Media provides continuity as it strengthens common values including culture(s). The Media entertains society. And the Media is also a mobilizing social agent, in politics, war, economic development, employment and even religion.
This week Timor-Leste is in shock after the gruesome murder of Rita Soares. The young woman was found washed up on the beach in Metiaut, with her body in a terrible condition after being beaten and tied up. Police have arrested her husband, who has been accused of the murder and who told police he killed his wife because she was having an affair. Another person is suspected of helping to dispose of the body.
The issue of corruption has become the subject of increased political rhetoric and media coverage in the past few years in Timor-Leste, but despite this rhetoric, the willingness of the government and judiciary to tackle corruption has yet to be demonstrated in a high profile corruption case. Along with this rhetoric, there have been meaningful steps towards fighting corruption. In 2009 the National Parliament, under pressure to act on the issue of corruption, approved a law to establish the Anti-Corruption Commission (KAK). By the end of 2012, KAK was functional and had staff in place to investigate corruption cases.
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