Sadeq Institute: Information, Participation & Reputation –The GNC and the Role of Communication

by Tarek Megirisi
March 25, 2013

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The recently elected General National Congress (GNC) has become Libya’s first democratic government since the 1950’s, but the dearth of consistent, controlled and informed communication between the GNC and its populace has only made the government less meaningful to a Libyan society becoming decreasingly democratic in character. This lack of communication is giving rise to a citizenry that is cynical towards its government and unwilling to participate in politics, ruining the reputations of GNC members, and jeopardizing those members’ solemn duties of overseeing the constitution and building the foundations of a democratic state. However, this degradation can be reversed through a policy of controlled communication, emulating successful Public Relations (PR) practices from democracies across the globe that previously combated the same threat. This policy should slowly improve transparency, and aid Libya’s progression to becoming an informed democratic society, rather than just the holders of a democratically elected government.

About the Author

Tarek Megirisi is a Political Affairs Research Fellow at the Sadeq Institute.

About the Sadeq Institute

The Sadeq Institute is the world’s first non-governmental policy institute in Libya. Specialising in Libyan affairs, the Institute’s mission is to foster a culture of informed citizenship and plurality of thought. The Sadeq Institute is dedicated to informing and empowering Libyan policy makers and key stakeholders by engaging in cutting edge research and advocacy on issues of public health, democratic governance, economic development, law, and security.

For more information, please visit the Sadeq Institute’s website.

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