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Resumen editorial 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.

Table of Contents


1 Media and human rights: Mapping the field – Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord

Part I Communication, expression and human rights

2 Expressing the changes: International perspectives on evolutions in the right to free expression – Guy Berger

3 History of media and human rights – Mark Hampton and Diana Lemberg

4 Media freedom of expression at the Strasbourg Court: Current predictability of the standard of protection offered – Helen Fenwick

5 Communication freedoms versus communication rights: Discursive and normative struggles within civil society and beyond – Bart Cammaerts

6 Freedom of information and the media – Ben Worthy

7 Freedom of expression and the chilling effect – Judith Townend

8 Human rights and press law – Julian Petley

9 Human rights and the digital – Kari Karppinen

10 Children’s rights in the digital age – Sonia Livingstone

11 Media and Information Literacy (MIL): Taking the digital social turn for online freedoms and education 3.0 – Divina Frau-Meigs

12 Theorising digital media cultures: The politics of watching and being watched – Gavin J. D. Smith

13 All human rights are local: The resiliency of social change – Jan Servaes

Part II Media performance and human rights: Political processes

14 Political determinants of media freedom – Sebastian Stier

15 Beyond the binary of universalism and relativism: Iran, media and the discourse of human rights – Mehdi Semati

16 Rights, media and mass-surveillance in a digital age – Emma L. Briant

17 Civil society and political-intelligence elites: From manipulation to public accountability – Vian Bakir

18 Foreign policy, media and human rights – Ekaterina Balabanova

19 Public diplomacy, media and human rights – Amelia H. Arsenault

Part III Media performance and human rights: News and journalism

20 Global media ethics, human rights and flourishing – Stephen J. A. Ward

21 Investigative journalism and human rights – Michael Bromley

22 International reporting – Giovanna Dell’Orto

23 Global violence against journalists: The power of impunity and emerging initiatives to evoke social change – Jeannine E. Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante

24 Civic organizations, human rights and the news media – Matthew Powers

25 Rights and responsibilities when using user-generated content to report crisis events – Glenda Cooper

26 Environment and human rights activism, journalism and ‘The New War’ – Libby Lester

Part IV Digital activism, witnessing and human rights

27 Social media and human rights advocacy – Ella McPherson

28 All the world’s a stage: The rise of transnational celebrity advocacy for human rights – Trevor Thrall and Dominik Stecula

29 Social media reinvigorates disability rights activism globally – Beth A. Haller

30 Media and LGBT advocacy: Visibility and transnationalism in a digital age – Eve Ng

31 Live-witnessing, slacktivism and surveillance: Understanding the opportunities, challenges and risks of human rights activism in a digital era – Summer Harlow

32 Human rights and the media/protest assemblage – Stefania Milan

33 Imaging human rights: On the ethical and political implications of picturing pain – Kari Andén-Papadopoulos

34 Citizen witnessing of human rights abuses – Stuart Allan

35 Video and witnessing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – Sandra Ristovska

36 Media, human rights and forensic science – Steven Livingston

Part V Media representation of human rights: Cultural, social and political

37 Media, culture and human rights: Towards an intercultural communication and human rights journalism nexus – Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

38 Media and women’s human rights – Barbara M. Freeman

39 News coverage of female genital cutting: A seven country comparative study – Meghan Sobel

40 Media, human rights and religion – Jolyon Mitchell and Joshua Rey

41 The role of news media in fostering children’s democratic citizenship – Cynthia Carter

42 News language and human rights: Audiences and outsiders – Martin Conboy

43 Media, human rights and political discourse – Lisa Brooten

44 Media, human rights and refugees – Kerry Moore

45 Labour journalism, human rights and social change – Anya Schiffrin and Beatrice Santa-Wood

46 Public safety – Sonja Wolf

47 Prisoners, human rights and the media – Paul Mason

48 Changes in war-making, media and human rights: Revolution or repackaging? – Melissa Wall

49 Media, terrorism and freedom of expression – Brigitte L. Nacos

About the Editors

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.

Referencia e información editorial

  • Tumber, H. (Ed.), Waisbord, S. (Ed.). (2017). The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights. London: Routledge.
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