Eleanor Drywood, Michelle Farrell, Edel Hughes
January 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9781138645813 - CAT# Y228082
Series: Routledge Research in Human Rights Law
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This collection sets about untangling some of the knotty issues in the underexplored relationship between human rights and the media. We investigate how complex debates in political, judicial, academic and public life on the role and value of human rights are represented in the media, particularly, in print journalism. To focus the discussion, we concentrate on media representation of the controversial proposals in the United Kingdom to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights. The collection is underpinned by the observation that views on human rights and on the proposals to repeal and replace are polarised. On the one hand, human rights are presented as threatening and, therefore, utterly denigrated; on the other hand, human rights are idolised, and, therefore, uncritically celebrated. This is the ‘fear and fetish’ in our title. The media plays a decisive role in constructing this polarity through its representation of political and ideological viewpoints. In order to get to grips with the fear, the fetish and this complex interrelationship, the collection tackles key contemporary themes, amongst them: the proposed British Bill of Rights, Brexit, prisoner-voting, the demonisation of immigrants, press freedom, tabloid misreporting, trial by media and Magna Carta. The collection explores media representation, investigates media polarity and critiques the media’s role.
1. Introduction, Michelle Farrell Part 1: The Relationship between Human Rights and the Media 2. Human Rights and Public Debate: the Media as Scapegoat?, Ekaterina Balabanova 3. The Inderminancy of Human Rights in Law and in the Media, Michelle Farrell 4. The Impact of Human Rights Law on the Media: The Rights to Privacy and Freedom of Expression, Yvonne McDermott Part 2: Media Polarity on Rights? 5. Do we learn more about the media than about human rights from tabloid coverage of human rights?, David Mead 6. The Monstering of Human Rights: Why Politicians, Press and Public turned against the ECHR, Adam Wagner 7. "Separating the Wheat from the Chaff": Distinguishing between Substance and Rhetoric in the "Turn against Rights", Colm O’ Cinneide 8. Instrumentalism in Human Rights and the Media: What Place for Democratic Scepticism?, Mike Gordon Part 3: Representation and Reality 9. Angels and Demons: Children, Human Rights and the Media, Aoife Daly 10. Taking Care of our Own: Local and National Representations of Immigrants' Human Rights, Eleanor Drywood and Harriet Gray 11. Friendly Fire: Prisoner Voting Rights and Public Perception of Human Rights, Colin Murray Part 5: Rights as Ruse 12. Seeing and Time: Mass Media and the Temporality of Human Rights, Eric Heinze 13. Celebrity Human Rights Defenders, Michael Kearney 14.Conclusion, Michelle Farrell