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The legislative branch - the Parliament or General Assembly, for example
The executive branch - the president, for example
The judicial branch - the independent court of justice, for example
These three guarantee the separation of powers in modern states' and ensure that each checks the others and keeps a balanced system of good governance. All three are independent from one another and members of one branch shall not be in a power position in the other at the same time. This prevents a conflict of interest. So all in check and transparent for the people that are governed?
This is at least the theory in real life. And as we can also see, it does sometimes not work out too well. But that is a whole other story covered e.g. here.
In MUN life, we are simulating usually the legislative and the judicial branches in the form of a Security Council or the International Criminal Court. And as MUNers we are trying to find the best solution while keeping our role. And that is where many problems occur - heated discussions between China and the US or a strong argument between Israel and Iran. And who knows what delegates come up with in a lunch break or after the session? How has the resolution been formulated and who is holding back their opinion until the final voting?
This is where MUN Media Teams come in - they keep their ears and eyes open and simulate a media body. The Press Committee become the fourth power in politics, making sure that the delegates do their job and that the ones that disturb and hinder progress are pointed out!
When becoming a MUN Media Journalist, you are stepping out of your comfort zone and even though you may not raise your placard, you certainly raise your voice!
Publishing articles about the lack of progress in dealing with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis or the lack of commitment of Saudi Arabia in the UN Women Council to contribute to gender equality. Pushing delegates who remain silent to issue a press statement - their opinion is important and all delegations should be aware of it. The journalist can and should do it all!
You thought you were powerful with that USA placard in front of you? Wait for the journalist badge, your entry into a whole new MUN world!
Become the fourth power in international negotiations at MUN and join the Media team!