Communication Freedoms versus Communication Rights

Discursive and normative struggles within civil society and beyond

Authored by: Bart Cammaerts

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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In this chapter, I aim to retrace the normative implications of historical and contemporary debates and struggles between discourses and activists aiming to protect press freedom and those advocating for the need of communication rights and media regulation. I will argue that this conflict can be related to distinct normative positions concerning the role of media and communication in a democratic society, and competing views as to the balance of power in society between market forces and the state.

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