Media as an International Human Right



Is the "human rights" paradigm for protecting media speech the best approach?

The module examines modern sources for this approach, such as the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man; the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights; the Arab Charter on Human Rights; and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Specific media speech topics (e.g., defamation/libel; protection of identity of sources; news-gathering activities such as photojournalism; hate or atrocity speech; intellectual property/copyright; privacy and data protection; and the right to access information) will be described and analyzed through various human rights bodies' standards and judicial case law, in particular, derived from the European Court of Human Rights; the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.