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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?
The December 5th, 2016 event, entitled The Crisis in North Korea: Security and Humanitarian Dimensions, was jointly organized by the Center for International Human Rights and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York. This event featured experts, such as Professor Andrew Nathan from Columbia University and Dr. Sue Mi Terry from BowerGroup Asia, discussing the evolving security situation in the Korean Peninsula, as well as powerful personal accounts by North Korean defectors Chol Hwan Kang and Austin Hyeon and analysis on the North Korean labor camp system by David Hawk. Extensive discussion with members of the audience followed these presentations and the evening concluded with a reception at the President’s office. Please click on the link below to view pictures.
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