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Reporting Human Rights

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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Sampaio-Dias, Susana, author. Title: Reporting human rights / Susana Sampaio-Dias. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Global crises and the media; vol. 20 | ISSN 1947-2587 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015040610 (print) | LCCN 2015045919 (electronic) ISBN 978-1-4331-2960-5 (hardcover: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1686-5 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3558-3 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3559-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Human rights in mass media. | Human rights—Press coverage. Journalistic ethics. | Journalism—Political aspects. Classification: LCC P96.H85 .S37 2016 (print) | LCC P96.H85 (electronic) DDC 070.4/49323—dc23 LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015040610 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

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