DI130 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

Human Rights and the Media

This course will be given over a 7 week period from the 12th of November until the 3rd of December at 08:15 and 12:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This course will examine the application of international human rights principles to the operations of the media, including news media and social media. Relevant rights (eg regarding freedom of expression) and responsibilities (eg regarding national security, public safety and democratic processes) are analysed, alongside the role of the media in promoting and advocating for human rights (and doing the opposite). Topics will include the scope of rights relating to the publication of material and the confidentiality of sources (including the Wikileaks controversy), the appropriate human rights responsibilities of social media platforms with regard to issues such as hate speech and fake news, and the role of social media in the Arab Spring.