Human rights and the media/protest assemblage

Authored by: Stefania Milan

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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The 2014 football World Cup, held in Brazil, was met by widespread popular protest, both on social media and in the streets. Protestors opposed the escalating expenditure of public money, which, they believed, should instead have been employed to address the many social problems of the country (Parkin 2014). Countering the governmental repression of the protests, the freedom of expression non-governmental organization (NGO) Article 19 created the digital platform, in order ‘to protect the rights of privacy and freedom of expression of citizens in the streets and on the network, raising awareness and empowering activists against increased surveillance and rights violations’. An accompanying guidebook suggested tech solutions to protect activists against human rights violations and censorship.

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