The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

“Fact-Based Storytelling” or Fact-Based Activism? Tensions, Strategies and Next Steps of Human Rights and Journalism

“Fact-Based Storytelling” or Fact-Based Activism? Tensions, Strategies and Next Steps of Human Rights and Journalism

“Fact-based storytelling” or fact-based activism? Tensions, strategies and next steps of human rights and journalism


Human rights and journalism make strange bedfellows. Through the discourse of democracy, freedom of information and expression are intimately intertwined with the liberal idea of a vibrant, and vigilant, press At the same time, journalists can be seen as antagonistic to national security. Whereas, on the one hand, human rights activists, politicians, and other advocates stage protests, press conferences, and vigils – all for the purpose of garnering media coverage (Gitlin, 1980; Keck and Sikkink, 1998; Downing, 2001; Gaber and Wilson, 2005) – on the other hand, with the 24-hour news cycle, “the media” (often spoken ...

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