07 Aug '12, 12am

Nations With More Press Freedom Have Better Environmental Quality, Study Finds

Nations With More Press Freedom Have Better Environmental Quality, Study Finds

Edson Tandoc, Jr., a doctoral student in the MU School of Journalism, says that press freedom directly predicts life satisfaction across the world.“We already know that having reliable, objective news sources can benefit democracy, but in this study, we found that press freedom also benefits communities by helping improve the overall quality of life of citizens and, in the process, by also making them happier,” Tandoc said ... Tandoc also found that countries with higher levels of press freedom enjoyed better environmental quality and higher levels of human development, both of which also contribute to life satisfaction. He credits this to the watchdog function of the press, which helps expose corruption of all levels in a community. “A country with a free press is expected to be more open about what is wrong in their societies and with their environments,” Tandoc said. “A...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/nations-mo...

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