About the author: Desmond Smith worked for over twenty years in the British television industry, with the BBC and Granada Television. He has since taught television production and journalism courses at the Universities of Northumbria and Derby, and is cur2000 0-7734-7816-7
This study examines the relationships between the Philippine media, class power, and the state. It focuses particularly on the economic and political actors and agencies, including the press, which have promoted or hindered democratization in the Philippines during the decade 1983-1993. It argues that although the role of the Philippine press has been considerable, it has been inextricably bound to the interests of the ruling elites who have disproportionate control over mainstream media agendas.