Mac Sithigh on Communication Rights

Daithi Mac Sithigh (Queen's University Belfast – School of Law) has posted From Freedom of Speech to the Right to Communicate (In: M. E. Price, S. Verhulst, & L. Morgan (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Media Law (2012), pp 174-191) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The concept of communication rights forms an important part of current debates on media and the Internet. This chapter explores several sources for the concept: the “right to communicate” as a human right, the project for a New World Information and Communications Order (NWICO), and the medium-focused scholarship of Harold Innis, among others. The right to communicate is reviewed as a more appropriate approach to the regulation of media and technology than existing concepts of freedom of expression, particularly as incorporated in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The reasons for the “failure” of the NWICO and UNESCO’s MacBride Commission are considered, as…

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