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Press Freedom as an International Human Right, by Wiebke Lamer

This book examines why press freedom has not become part of the established international human rights debate, despite its centrality to democratic theory. It argues that an unrestricted press is not just an important economic actor, but also an influential power in the political process, a status that interferes with government interests of sustaining their own power and influence. Despite the popularity of ideational explanations in the field of human rights studies, in the case of promoting press freedom, considerations of power and strategic interests rather than ideas dominate state behavior. The author makes the case that the current place of press freedom in the human rights debate needs to be rethought not only in developing countries, but in liberal democracies as well. Wiebke Lamer is Fellow at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, Italy
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Case for Press Freedom as a Human Right -- 3. UNESCO, World Press Freedom Day and Beyond: The Marginal Place of Press Freedom at the UN -- 4. The Politics of Press Freedom -- 5. Non-State Actors and the Promotion of Press Freedom -- 6. Press Freedom in the Internet Age -- 7. Conclusion
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2018.
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1 online resource (xvii, 158 pages), illustrations
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