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Human Rights Journalism and its Nexus to Responsibility to Protect

How and Why the International Press Failed in Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Crisis

Authors: Selvarajah, Senthan

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  • Elucidates the role media plays in fostering and safeguarding human rights in times of crisis
  • Analyses international newspapers’ reporting of the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis in 2009
  • Provides an original methodological contribution for assessing the practice of Human Rights Journalism
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This book takes a holistic approach by capturing the various perspectives and viewpoints concerning the theory and practice of Human Rights Journalism. Firstly, this book helps fill the epistemological vacuum present in Human Rights Journalism by proposing ‘pragmatic objectivity’ within the critical constructivist epistemology. Secondly, it defines the Human Rights Journalism-Responsibility to Protect nexus by identifying five key elements. Thirdly, it proposes a Human Rights Journalism-Responsibility to Protect conceptual model, which illustrates how an embedded human rights focussed media strategy can be designed. Fourthly, this book proposes two novel quantitative analysis tools called the ‘Framing Matrix’ and the ‘Multimodal Discourse Analysis Matrix’ that are equipped to deal with a big sample size over a long period of time. These tools are used to examine the practice of Human Rights Journalism and the typology of news stories of distant sufferings. Finally, it provides a scientific explanation for those in search of the answer to why one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, which took place in Sri Lanka in 2009, did not create any global compassion or garner attention.

About the authors

Senthan Selvarajah is Co-Director of the Centre for Media, Human Rights and Peacebuilding based in the UK.  Dr. Selvarajah has over 20 years of experience as a journalist, researcher, consultant and academic, and currently serves as the Convener of the Media, Conflicts, and Journalism Commission of the International Peace Research Association.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights Journalism and its Nexus to Responsibility to Protect
Book Subtitle
How and Why the International Press Failed in Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Crisis
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49072-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49072-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49071-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 304
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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