Global Violence Against Journalists

The power of impunity and emerging initiatives to evoke social change

Authored by: Jeannine E. Relly , Celeste González de Bustamante

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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This chapter focuses on anti-press violence, legal institutions, the role of historical and cultural context with impunity and research focused on the concept of social change. The literature on anti-press violence is explored as is the critical relationship of anti-press violence with factors such as political development, economic constraints and cultural traditions. These complicating factors include anti-press violence related to stateless regions lacking rule of law and other issues deterring press protection. The chapter provides a chronology of declarations, resolutions, decisions and other instruments addressing the issue of violence against journalists. We then review frameworks that may be utilized as a foundation for anti-press violence and social change theorising and research.

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