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Human Rights Seminar Series 2016-2017
The Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) will examine the role of the media in human rights as part of its 2016-2017 Seminar Series. It is a theme that opens up many areas for investigation and deliberation. Among the key focal issues and questions to be addressed are:
What mainstream news outlets (print, television, and new media) cover about human rights, and how do they do so? What makes a news outlet pick up a human rights story, or a human rights frame for a story? What impact do media, especially new media, coverage of human rights have on state and non-state actions? In what ways have new technologies (camera phones, Twitter and other social media) expanded the possibilities for non-state actors to tell their stories to the world, and what effects have those stories had? How can individuals harness the power of the increasingly ubiquitous camera phone to promote human rights? Under what circumstances can the media contribute to human rights violations? Last, but not least, what is the role of media organizations as employers? What human rights challenges do media organizations face in the workplace, especially on issues of discrimination, diversity, and gender rights, and do these challenges affect the amount and nature of human rights media coverage?
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