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To REPORT human rights abuses to the public. THE ROLES OF:. The Media. The media is supposed to be independent – journalists should report facts , rather than “take sides”

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To REPORT human rights abuses to the public


  • The Media

The media is supposed to be independent – journalists should reportfacts, rather than “take sides”

(e.g. if the media is owned by the government, or if we got all our news from human rights NGOs, which may be biased)

Media reports PROMOTE human rights by making them part of “the news”

(human rights are important – they are “newsworthy”)


Media reports can act as a DETERRENT for governments that might want to deny/abuse people’s human rights

(“We don’t want this ending up on the news…”)

Media reports also act as a CONSCIENCE TRIGGER for the rest of the world

(the public demands action of their government; the public might also donate to or join NGOs because they want to do something)



Problems with international media:

  • The Media

Sometimes journalistsAREN’T ALLOWED to REPORT human rights issues

  • North Koreahas ‘the Big Lie’ (all news stories about the government must be positive)

Sometimes newspapers and tv stationsDON’T WANT to REPORT human rights issues

  • The news has been “dumbed down”. Stories are short and usually about celebrities
  • Proper journalism is harder to find (e.g. The Guardian, BBC).

Sometimes peopleAREN’T ALLOWED to ACCESS media reports about human rights

  • People in Myanmarcan get arrested for listeningto BBC Radio in public

The INTERNET has generally been GOOD

for PROMOTING human rights:


  • The Media

1. Online journalism

(people can access stories on the internet)

2. Social media

(twitter & facebook can be used in fighting for human rights)

People can access stories about human rights even if the government doesn’t let the local newspapers write about them.

This is excellent for PROMOTING human rights

Allows for instant reporting of issues.

Also allows for stories to spread instantly and uncensored around the world.



This is only as effective as the government allows (e.g. the Chinese government heavily censors the internet; Chinese internet users are behind the “Great Firewall”)

Social media is being used more and more to spread issues and organise protests (e.g. in Egypt and Libya)