The Pillars of Peace is a research framework produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace to describe what makes a society peaceful. Free Flow of Information is one of the eight “pillars” identified by the research.
The free flow of information is essential to a well-informed society. Accurate and well-distributed information underpins the free market, improves human capital, provides transparency of government decisions and improves judicial and government decisions.
The measures for the free flow of information capture how easily citizens can gain access to information, including whether the media is free and independent, as well as the extent to which citizens are informed and engaged in the political process and the diversity of access to information, such as measured through internet access or simply the ability to express political views.
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Our latest research report, the Pillars of Peace, explores the attitudes and institutions that underpin peaceful societies.
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