The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

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Howard Tumber, Silvio Waisbord
Routledge, Jul 14, 2017 - Social Science - 520 pages

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights offers a comprehensive and contemporary survey of the key themes, approaches and debates in the field of media and human rights.

The Companion is the first collection to bring together two distinct ways of thinking about human rights and media, including scholarship that examines media as a human right alongside that which looks at media coverage of human rights issues. This international collection of 49 newly written pieces thus provides a unique overview of current research in the field, while also providing historical context to help students and scholars appreciate how such developments depart from past practices.

The volume examines the universal principals of freedom of expression, legal instruments, the right to know, media as a human right, and the role of media organisations and journalistic work. It is organised thematically in five parts:

  • Communication, Expression and Human Rights
  • Media Performance and Human Rights: Political Processes
  • Media Performance and Human Rights: News and Journalism
  • Digital Activism, Witnessing and Human Rights
  • Media Representation of Human Rights: Cultural, Social and Political.

Individual essays cover an array of topics, including mass-surveillance, LGBT advocacy, press law, freedom of information and children’s rights in the digital age. With contributions from both leading scholars and emerging scholars, the Companion offers an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to media and human rights allowing for international comparisons and varying perspectives.

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights provides a comprehensive introduction to the current field useful for both students and researchers, and defines the agenda for future research.


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International perspectives on evolutions
History of Media and Human Rights
Ben Worthy
Freedom of Expression and the Chilling Effect
Human rights and the digital
Taking the digital social
Rights Media and Masssurveillance in a Digital
From manipulation
Foreign Policy Media and Human Rights
Public diplomacy media and human rights
Global Media Ethics Human Rights and Flourishing
Investigative Journalism and Human Rights
International Reporting
The power of impunity

The politics of watching
The resiliency of social change
Political Determinants of Media Freedom
Iran media
Civic Organizations Human Rights and the News Media
Rights and Responsibilities When Using Usergenerated Content
Environment and Human Rights Activism Journalism and The

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About the author (2017)

Howard Tumber is Professor of Journalism and Communication at City, University of London, UK. He is the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. He has published widely in the field of the sociology of news and journalism.

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Communication, and he has published widely about news, politics, and social change.

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