Press Freedom as an International Human Right

Authors: Lamer, Wiebke

  • Addresses the lack of attention given to the status of press freedom from a political science perspective
  • Provides a detailed analysis of the status of press freedom within the global human rights debate and differentiates between the concept of press freedom and freedom of expression
  • Highlights the threat that the idea of press freedom and its promotion faces from all states, even from liberal democracies
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Wiebke Lamer is Fellow at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, Italy.

Reviews

“This book makes a clear and strong case for press freedom sitting at the heart of human rights. At a time when we see an increase in autocracy and the jailing of journalists, when democratic rights are in retreat in many countries and the media being politicised as a means of control this is a hugely important and timely book.” (Richard Sambrook, Cardiff University, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lamer, Wiebke

    Pages 1-16

  • The Case for Press Freedom as a Human Right

    Lamer, Wiebke

    Pages 17-44

  • UNESCO, World Press Freedom Day and Beyond: The Marginal Place of Press Freedom at the UN

    Lamer, Wiebke

    Pages 45-70

  • The Politics of Press Freedom

    Lamer, Wiebke

    Pages 71-99

  • Non-state Actors and the Promotion of Press Freedom

    Lamer, Wiebke

    Pages 101-128

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76508-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76507-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Press Freedom as an International Human Right
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76508-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76508-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76507-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 158
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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