"Drawing on social-legal, cultural and media theory, this book is one of the first to examine the media politics of human rights. It examines how the media construct the story of human rights, investigating what lies behind the apparent media hostility to human rights and what has become of the original ambition to establish a human rights culture. The human rights regime in the UK has been high on the political agenda ever since the Human Rights Act 1998 was enacted. Often maligned in sections of the press, the legislation has entered popular folklore as shorthand for an overbearing government, an overzealous judiciary and exploitative claimants. This book examines a range of significant factors in the mediation of human rights, including: Euroscepticism, the war on terror, the digital reordering of the media landscape, press concerns about an emerging privacy law and civil liberties. Mediating Human Rights is a timely exploration of the relationship between law, politics and media. It will be of immense interest to those studying and researching across Law, Media Studies, Human Rights, and Politics"-- Provided by publisher. "Mediating Human Rights addresses how the relationship between security and civil liberties has been shaped by the media. Human rights have never been as ubiquitous as in the aftermath of the events of 9/11, when the security agenda rose to prominence and created significant tensions between anti-terrorism legislation and rights. This book seeks to examine how such tensions are negotiated, discussed and represented in the media, focusing specifically on the growing importance of the new social media in the promotion of human rights values. Taking as its main focus the state of human rights in liberal regimes which have been accused of using security concerns as a pretext for eroding liberties and rights in their own backyards, Mediating Human Rights captures important shifts in a human rights narrative that has become increasingly focused on the changing balance between liberty and security. Rights are entwined with popular notions of freedom, equality and the rule of law; but they also act as a lightning rod for occasional, but influential, public concern with the weakness or softness of the state. This is reflected in media representations which, Lieve Gies shows, are more complex and more nuanced than is often assumed. Deploying a variety of qualitative research methods - media analysis, ethnographic field research, cultural theory, case commentaries - Mediating Human Rights offers an insightful account of the media politics of terrorism and human rights."-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Introduction 2. A villains' charter? : Human rights and news framing 3. Liberty versus rights : mapping the fault lines in Britain's human rights polemic 4. The press, privacy and the Human Rights Act 5. Extradition, human rights abuse and the sufferer nearby 6. Mediating the human rights message 7. Human rights and promotional governance 8. Identity and human rights culture 9. A human rights culture of some sorts?.