The BBC will play a key role in a new worldwide multimedia initiative designed to initiate discussion about democracy in modern society. [ALL]
The BBC will play a key role in a new worldwide multimedia initiative designed to initiate discussion about democracy in modern society.

Why Democracy? will feature more than 40 broadcasters in over 200 countries and territories reaching al most 300 million people.

It will launch at the beginning of October.

Centr al to the series are ten documentaries, made by filmmakers from around the world, that will look in-depth at the nature of democracy.

Subjects include US torture in Afghanistan, the election of a class monitor in a Chinese primary school, Che Guevara (pictured) and the controversy over the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

In the UK, BBC2, BBC4, BBC World, BBC Parliament, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service will all run programming dedicated to the idea of democracy.

Why Democracy? has teamed up with Metro Newspapers worldwide, and The Observerin the UK, to ask national leaders, celebrities and everyday people to answer ten questions about democracy.

Their answers will appear online, in the press and in a series of short films. The same questions will be part of a global opinion poll.

A film premiere on MySpace.com will kick off the online debate.

The website whydemocracy.net will host discussion forums, chat rooms, education al resources and interviews with key figures that have shaped democracy.