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Fall 1998

The Media and Political Authority

Andries Van Agt is former prime minister of the Netherlands.

This document is excerpted from the report of the "Media & Politics" session of the InterAction Council, which met last spring in Vienna under the chairmanship of Andries Van Agt.

The IAC is the association of former heads of government that includes figures from Helmut Schmidt to Felipe Gonzalez to Jimmy Carter.

Vienna - There seems to be a major difference in experience and perception of the media in different regions of the world. While the Western media have become too sensational and excessively adversarial, in Asia and elsewhere the are too collusive with power.

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