Expressing the changes

International perspectives on evolutions in the right to free expression

Authored by: Guy Berger

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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Freedom of expression has historically been seen as the right most relevant to ‘media’. That sounds obvious, yet what this means has not stayed static over time. Changes have impacted upon the notion of ‘media’ and the relevance to media of other rights (e.g. privacy and participation). The conceptualisation of the ‘freedom of expression’ itself continues to evolve. This chapter unpacks some of the developments and the response of UNESCO, the lead UN agency dealing with the right to free expression.

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