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Governing Global Electronic NetworksInternational Perspectives on Policy and Power$
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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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The Global Governance of Mass Media Content

The Global Governance of Mass Media Content

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Governing Global Electronic Networks

Cees J. Hamelink

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the global governance battles over traditional mass media and the timeless disputes between governments trying to strike a balance between the need to protect their citizens from content they deem harmful and the (evolving) rights to freely communicate and seek information. It argues that sovereign states protect their own interests for defining which content is harmful, while international media corporations are after profits for advocating free speech. The chapter first provides an overview of the fundamental human rights provisions on free speech before turning to the freedom versus interference debate and the “responsible speech” argument. It then discusses the role of mass media in political propaganda, discrimination, crimes against humanity, and protection of minors. Finally, the chapter considers the tension between the free speech argument and the national sovereignty argument, along with the implications of direct satellite broadcasting and the demand for a new international information order.

Keywords:   global governance, mass media, free speech, human rights, interference, responsible speech, national sovereignty, direct satellite broadcasting, political propaganda, crimes against humanity

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