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.

part |132 pages

Communication, expression and human rights

chapter |13 pages

Expressing the changes

International perspectives on evolutions in the right to free expression

chapter |11 pages

Media freedom of expression at the Strasbourg Court

Current predictability of the standard of protection offered

chapter |10 pages

Communication Freedoms versus Communication Rights

Discursive and normative struggles within civil society and beyond

chapter |10 pages

Theorising digital media cultures

The politics of watching and being watched

part |98 pages

Digital activism, witnessing and human rights

chapter |11 pages

All the World’s a Stage

The rise of transnational celebrity advocacy for human rights

chapter |9 pages

Media and LGBT Advocacy

Visibility and transnationalism in a digital age

chapter |9 pages

Live-witnessing, Slacktivism and Surveillance

Understanding the opportunities, challenges and risks of human rights activism in a digital era

chapter |10 pages

Imaging Human Rights

On the ethical and political implications of picturing pain

part |131 pages

Media representation of human rights

chapter |10 pages

Media, Culture and Human Rights

Towards an intercultural communication and human rights journalism nexus

chapter |11 pages

News Coverage of Female Genital Cutting

A seven country comparative study

chapter |10 pages

News language and human rights

Audiences and outsiders

chapter |9 pages

Public Safety

chapter |9 pages

Changes in War-Making, Media and Human Rights

Revolution or repackaging?