Media, Human Rights 
and Religion

Authored by: Jolyon Mitchell , Joshua Rey

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 brings religion into the conversation between media and human rights. Its central contention is the need for the development of religious literacy in and through different media. This need partly stems from the unique relationship between religion and human rights. To understand this relationship we explore the interwoven history of the two discourses. We will see that this history has meant that human rights and religion often offer competing frames for various interpretations of events through different media. Because of the turn history has taken in the last hundred years, however, the human rights frame often predominates in a way that may lead to the over-simplifying of religious issues.

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