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Reporting Human Rights


Susana Sampaio-Dias

Reporting Human Rights provides a systematic examination of human rights news and reporting practices from inside the world of television news production.

From an interdisciplinary perspective, the book discusses the potential of journalism in contributing to human rights protection, awareness and debate, in ignoring, silencing or misrepresenting human rights issues around the world or, in extreme situations, in inciting hatred, genocide and crimes against humanity. It provides insight into how journalists translate human rights issues, revealing different reporting patterns and levels of detail in reporting, and suggesting different levels of engagement with human rights problems.

The book explains the most important factors that encourage or limit the coverage of human rights news. Grounded in a close examination of the news production processes and key moments where possible human rights stories are contemplated, decided or eventually ignored, the book opens up new insights into the complexities and constraints of human rights reporting today.

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First I would like to thank the following correspondents and journalists at RTP who kindly and generously agreed to be interviewed for this book: Adília Godinho, António Mateus, Cecília Carmo, João Pacheco de Miranda, José Rodrigues dos Santos, Luís Castro, Manuel Menezes, Miguel Barroso, Paulo Dentinho, Rita Marrafa de Carvalho, Rita Ramos, Rosário Salgueiro, and Rui Alves Veloso. I would also like to thank Patrícia Lucas and Sérgio Ramos for their help.

I am grateful to my colleagues at Cardiff University and at the University of Portsmouth, as well as those elsewhere, particularly Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Lina Dencik, Jenny Kitzinger, Sofia Gameiro, Alida Payson, Verica Rupar, Mary Williams, Maria João Silveirinha, Andy Williams, Mike Berry, Iñaki Garcia-Blanco and Jonathan Cable. I sincerely appreciate their support and suggestions, but even more their kindness and friendship.

I would like to thank Mary Savigar, Sophie Appel, Bernadette Shade, Phyllis Korper and Tom Bechtle at Peter Lang for their patience and support as this project progressed.

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