Human rights journalism: advances in reporting distant humanitarian interventions

Ibrahim Shaw

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Drawing on case studies of the reporting of distant humanitarian interventions, especially in Eastern Europe and Africa by the mainstream Western media, Ibrahim Shaw illuminates how journalists can create a more informed and empowered public sphere. He argues that journalists do not only hold the power to inform the public, but have the moral responsibility as duty bearers to educate and increase awareness of their rights and monitor, investigate and report all human rights violations. It is the first book to exclusively and critically explore the role of the media in the promotion and protection of human rights. Drawing on Kant's cosmopolitan principle of global justice, Shaw puts forward the case for human rights journalism as a more proactive approach in prioritising the deconstruction of indirect structural and cultural violence, and as the best way of preventing or minimising direct political violence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages281
ISBN (Print)9780230321427
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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