The name Democracy comes from the Greek words “demos” (meaning people) and “kratos” (meaning power). The idea of the government reflecting the will of its people is a concept that even authoritarian regimes pay lip service to (for example the Democratic People of North Korea) and definitions for “democracy” can vary dramatically. What criteria does a Government need to meet in order to be a reflection of the ‘will of its people’? Is it perhaps just the existence of elections and the leader securing the majority of the vote? Is it likely that many would argue that the existence of elections isn't enough and there would need to be safeguards to protect against potential intimidation of political candidates or tampering with voting results. However, election oversight is just one important method of protecting democracy. In order for legitimate elections to have any weight, there must also be freedom of speech and press, to allow for different political ideas to be considered, including those that are critical of elected officials. Thus these two critical freedoms (of speech and press) serve as guarantors that the public will have the ability to gain the information to educate themselves on their leaders and hopefully make informed decisions.
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