Media of Alduria-Wechua
The media of Alduria-Wechua includes a wide variety of types of media. The leading media are television and the internet, followed by radio, newspapers, magazines, and cinema.
The influences of Alexandrian and Caputian émigrés and of the native Wechua population has deeply shaped the media of the country. Alduria-Wechua has twelve national newspapers, along with hundreds of local and regional newspapers. Of the national papers, four are based in Punta Santiago, three in Parap, two in Cárdenas, one in Corrada del Rio, and one in Piriya.
Most people in the country, particularly in rural and remote areas, continue to get their news from local newspapers and locally-based radio broadcasts, which has fostered a burgeoning market for local journalism in the country. There are high standards and expectations by the public around freedoms for the press and protections for journalists in the Federation. The Federation, having been founded in 1685 AN, has not formed strong legal protections against libel, slander, and misinformation at the federal level, leaving much of the regulation on this matter in the books to the regions. This has led to persons finding more protections in Alduria, for instance, than in the Wechua Nation. Prior to the Federation, the Wechua Nation was known for its lax libel, slander, and misinformation regulations, leading to a flourishing tabloid and yellow press markets, colloquially called the “chicha press”.
The Proclamation of Punta Santiago protects freedom of the press and speech. Newspapers and magazines often take political positions through Editorials (but are expected to inform and provide impartial news coverage) and in some elections, endorse political parties or figures outright. Those charged with violating press standards are usually brought before the judicial system, but court cases can often take many years with its parties incurring massive court costs to fight their case over long periods of time.
Many of the media are controlled by large for-profit corporations that reap revenue from advertising, subscriptions, and sale of copyrighted material. Syndication and foreign distribution, especially to the Alexandrian, Caputian, and Wechua diaspora, generate large streams of revenues for Alduro-Wechua media companies. Prior to the establishment of the Federation, both the Aldurian and Wechua media markets were dominated by a large government-owned media conglomerate, competing with much smaller but numerous media firms that began consolidating in the years leading up to the creation of the Federation. In order to help defray the costs of creating the Federation and the New Prosperity Plan, the publicly-owned media companies were privatized by the federal government, with the proceeds of its sales going towards New Prosperity Plan infrastructure or communications projects in the regions where the companies were headquartered.
- The Parap National Journal;
- The Times of Alduria-Wechua;
- The Aldurian;
- The Cárdenas Press;
- The National Daily Telegraph & Mail;
- The Riverine Herald;
- The Punta Santiago Arrow;
- Le Monde;
- The Daily Newt;
- The Federal Gazette;
- The Federalist.
- The Aldurian Sun.