The United Nations and freedom of expression and information : critical perspectives / edited by Tarlach McGonagle and Yvonne Donders.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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The United Nations & Freedom of Expression & Information
Freedom of expression.
Freedom of information (International law).
International law and human rights.
United Nations.
There are a multitude of UN legal instruments which pertain to the rights of freedom of expression and information, and this book is the first to comprehensively map them and their function. It details the chequered history of both rights within the UN system and evaluates the suitability of the system for overcoming contemporary challenges and threats to the rights. Leading scholars address key issues, such as how the rights to freedom of expression and information can come into conflict with other human rights and with public policy goals, such as counter-terrorism. The book's institutional focus comprises five international treaties, UNESCO and the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression. Relevant for academics, lawyers, policy-makers and civil society actors, it also examines how new communication technologies have prompted fresh thinking about the substance and scope of the rights to freedom of expression and information.
Foreword / Nigel Rodley
The development of freedom of expression and information within the UN: leaps and bounds or fits and starts? / Tarlach McGonagle
International covenant on civil and political rights: interpreting freedom of expression and information standards for the present and the future / Michael O'Flaherty
International covenant on economic, social and cultural rights: accessibility and the right to information / Yvonne Donders
International convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination: the prohibition of 'racist hate speech' / Patrick Thornberry
Convention on the rights of the child: freedom of expression for children / Lucy Smith
Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: ensuring full and equal access to information / Eliza Varney
UNESCO: freedom of expression, information and the media / Sylvie Coudray
The UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression: progressive development of international standards relating to freedom of expression / Toby Mendel
Ten challenges for the right to information in the age of mega-leaks / Helen Darbishire
Early days: the UN, ICTs and freedom of expression / Karol Jakubowicz
A new vision of values, accountability and mission for journalism / Aidan White
Uprooting 'defamation of religions' and planting a new approach to freedom of expression at the United Nations / Sejal Parmar
Limits to freedom of expression: lessons from counter-terrorism / Martin Scheinin
Tacit citing : the scarcity of judicial dialogue between the global and the regional human rights mechanisms in freedom of expression cases / Antoine Buyse.
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McGonagle, Tarlach, editor.
Donders, Yvonne, editor.
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