International Reporting

Authored by: Giovanna Dell’Orto

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

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

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619835.ch22

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Abstract

The free flow of information across national borders, cultures and political systems should be a crucial human right in this era of unprecedented globalization and migration, as well as a necessary prerequisite for the exposure of human rights violations perpetrated far from the major media capitals. But the human right of journalists, and of citizen journalists, to exercise their freedom of expression by doing their job unimpeded, and the impact of coverage of human rights abuses on political and public mobilization are only two of the most evident linkages between human rights and international reporting. The latter also intersect because the growing attacks on international reporting, especially for political gain, violate the much broader public’s right to know, its awareness of both its surroundings and the decision-making that directly affects it. Mass communication has always been inextricably linked to international politics because of its power to project not only events but also national identities, and intentions, in ways that help set foreign policy permissibility parameters. For this very reason, international newsgathering and transmission have been increasingly targeted by groups in power, and those aspiring to be, with censorship, access prohibitions, distribution restrictions and all too often, tragically, with deadly violence – a violation of human rights that affects not just reporters but their audiences, which today are unrestricted by geography.

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