United States and International Communication Rights Frameworks and the Pursuit of Global Consensus
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The Handbook of Communication Rights, Law, and Ethics
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The United States has always been a fickle contributor to international human rights initiatives, at times providing crucial political leadership but, at other times, steering things toward its own ends or withdrawing altogether. This chapter explores the extent to which that remains desirable, and whether there are enough points of confluence between US law, European law, and international human rights law to discern the outer contours of an international body of media law. Democracy and communication rights are inextricably linked, both conceptually and in the texts and doctrine of international human rights law. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have done little to ensure that broadcasters serve the public interest and have repealed or relaxed a host of regulations. US courts, the Human Rights Committee, and the European Court of Human Rights all recognize the difficult problem of inflammatory speech targeting race, ethnicity, religion, or other aspects of people's identity.
Ugland, Erik, "United States and International Communication Rights Frameworks and the Pursuit of Global Consensus" (2021). College of Communication Faculty Research and Publications. 581.