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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Freedom of information & freedom of speech

Imagine - Notebook, 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Imagine - Notebook, 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Conversation - Notebook, 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Conversation - Notebook, 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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La Mordaza - (the Gag Law) (Paperback): Ivonne Acosta Lespier La Mordaza - (the Gag Law) (Paperback)
Ivonne Acosta Lespier
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Islam and Controversy - The Politics of Free Speech After Rushdie (Hardcover): A. Mondal Islam and Controversy - The Politics of Free Speech After Rushdie (Hardcover)
A. Mondal
R1,829 Discovery Miles 18 290 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Was Salman Rushdie right to have written The Satanic Verses ? Were the protestors right to have done so? What about the Danish cartoons? This book examines the moral questions raised by cultural controversies, and how intercultural dialogue might be generated within multicultural societies.

Extreme Cinema - The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture (Paperback): Mattias Frey Extreme Cinema - The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture (Paperback)
Mattias Frey
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From Shortbus to Shame and from Oldboy to Irreversible, film festival premieres regularly make international headlines for their shockingly graphic depictions of sex and violence. Film critics and scholars alike often regard these movies as the work of visionary auteurs, hailing directors like Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier as heirs to a tradition of transgressive art. In this provocative new book, Mattias Frey offers a very different perspective on these films, exposing how they are also calculated products, designed to achieve global notoriety in a competitive marketplace. Paying close attention to the discourses employed by film critics, distributors, and filmmakers themselves, Extreme Cinema examines the various tightropes that must be walked when selling transgressive art films to discerning audiences, distinguishing them from generic horror, pornography, and Hollywood product while simultaneously hyping their salacious content. Deftly tracing the links between the local and the global, Frey also shows how the directors and distributors of extreme art house fare from both Europe and East Asia have significant incentives to exaggerate the exotic elements that would differentiate them from Anglo-American product. Extreme Cinema also includes original interviews with the programmers of several leading international film festivals and with niche distributors and exhibitors, giving readers a revealing look at how these institutions enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the ""taboo-breakers"" of art house cinema. Frey also demonstrates how these apparently transgressive films actually operate within a strict set of codes and conventions, carefully calibrated to perpetuate a media industry that fuels itself on provocation.

Free Speech and Unfree News - The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Hardcover): Sam Lebovic Free Speech and Unfree News - The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Hardcover)
Sam Lebovic
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Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections against government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to produce a free press. Exploring persistent worries about the quality and diversity of news in the modern American press, Lebovic recovers a mid-century vision of unfettered public access to information and a "right to the news." Yet as the meaning of press freedom was contested in various arenas-Supreme Court cases on censorship, efforts to regulate the newspaper industry, state secrecy and freedom of information law, unionization of journalists, rise of the New Journalism-Americans defined freedom of the press as nothing more than the right to publish without censorship. The idea of a right to all the news was forgotten. Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine what freedom of the press means in a democratic society-and helps us make better sense of the crises that beset the press amid corporate consolidation in media industries, a secretive national security state, and the daily newspaper's decline.

Bunderchook Starword Poet 'revival' - King Simon's Yellow Bull-Frog (Paperback): Andy Gallagher Bunderchook Starword Poet 'revival' - King Simon's Yellow Bull-Frog (Paperback)
Andy Gallagher
R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Trump-Stalin Connection - When Freedom of the Press Is Under Pressure (Paperback): J.W. Adams The Trump-Stalin Connection - When Freedom of the Press Is Under Pressure (Paperback)
J.W. Adams
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Private - Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History (Hardcover, New): Denver... Private - Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History (Hardcover, New)
Denver Nicks
R556 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R180 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Beginning in early 2010, Bradley Manning leaked an astounding amount of classified information to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks: classified combat videos as well as tens of thousands of documents from the war in Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands from Iraq, and hundreds of thousands more from embassies around the globe. Almost all of WikiLeaks's headline-making releases of information have come from one source, and one source only: Bradley Manning. Manning's story is one of global significance, yet he remains an enigma. Now, for the first time, the full truth is told about a man who, at the age of only twenty-two, changed the world. Though the overarching narrative in media reports on Manning explain his leaks as motivated by the basest, most self-serving intentions, Private paints a far more nuanced, textured portrait of a man haunted by demons and driven by hope, forced into an ethically fraught situation by a dysfunctional military bureaucracy. Relying on numerous conversations with those who know Manning best, this book displays how Manning's precocious intellect provided fertile ground for his sense of his own intellectual and moral superiority. It relates how a bright kid from middle America signed on to serve his country and found himself serving a cause far more sinister. And it explains what it takes for a person to betray his orders and fellow troops--and his own future--in order to fulfill what he sees as a higher purpose. Manning's court-martial may be the military trial of the decade, if not the century. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the man behind it all.

Dangerous Talk - Scandalous, Seditious, and Treasonable Speech in Pre-Modern England (Hardcover): David Cressy Dangerous Talk - Scandalous, Seditious, and Treasonable Speech in Pre-Modern England (Hardcover)
David Cressy
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Dangerous Talk examines the "lewd, ungracious, detestable, opprobrious, and rebellious-sounding" speech of ordinary men and women who spoke scornfully of kings and queens. Eavesdropping on lost conversations, it reveals the expressions that got people into trouble, and follows the fate of some of the offenders. Introducing stories and characters previously unknown to history, David Cressy explores the contested zones where private words had public consequence. Though "words were but wind," as the proverb had it, malicious tongues caused social damage, seditious words challenged political authority, and treasonous speech imperiled the crown.
Royal regimes from the house of Plantagenet to the house of Hanover coped variously with "crimes of the tongue" and found ways to monitor talk they deemed dangerous. Their response involved policing and surveillance, judicial intervention, political propaganda, and the crafting of new law. In early Tudor times to speak ill of the monarch could risk execution. By the end of the Stuart era similar words could be dismissed with a shrug. This book traces the development of free speech across five centuries of popular political culture, and shows how scandalous, seditious and treasonable talk finally gained protection as "the birthright of an Englishman." The lively and accessible work of a prize-winning social historian, it offers fresh insight into pre-modern society, the politics of language, and the social impact of the law.

Free Speech on Campus (Hardcover): Sigal R. Ben-Porath Free Speech on Campus (Hardcover)
Sigal R. Ben-Porath
R379 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the University of California, Berkeley, to Middlebury College, institutions of higher learning increasingly find themselves on the front lines of cultural and political battles over free speech. Repeatedly, students, faculty, administrators, and politically polarizing invited guests square off against one another, assuming contrary positions on the limits of thought and expression, respect for differences, the boundaries of toleration, and protection from harm. In Free Speech on Campus, political philosopher Sigal Ben-Porath examines the current state of the arguments, using real-world examples to explore the contexts in which conflicts erupt, as well as to assess the place of identity politics and concern with safety and dignity within them. She offers a useful framework for thinking about free-speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom, shifting the focus away from disputes about legality and harm and toward democracy and inclusion. Ben-Porath provides readers with strategies to de-escalate tensions and negotiate highly charged debates surrounding trigger warnings, safe spaces, and speech that verges on hate. Everyone with a stake in campus controversies-professors, students, administrators, and informed members of the wider public-will find something valuable in Ben-Porath's illuminating discussion of these crucially important issues.

Jane Crow - The Life of Pauli Murray (Hardcover): Rosalind Rosenberg Jane Crow - The Life of Pauli Murray (Hardcover)
Rosalind Rosenberg
R600 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R61 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women's movements. In the 1950s, her legal scholarship helped Thurgood Marshall to shift his course and attack segregation frontally in Brown v. Board of Education. In the 1960s, Murray persuaded Betty Friedan to help her found an NAACP for women, which Friedan named NOW. In the early 1970s, Murray provided Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the argument Ginsburg used to persuade the Supreme Court that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution protects not only blacks but also women - and potentially other minority groups - from discrimination. A mixed-race orphan, Murray grew up in the segregated schools of North Craolina, before escaping to New York, where she attended Hunter College and became a labor activist in the 1930s. Applying to graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where her white great-great-grandfather had been a trustee, she was rejected on account of her race. Deciding to become a lawyer, she graduated first in her class at Howard Law School, only to be rejected for graduate study at Harvard University on account of her sex. Undaunted, Murray forged a singular career in the law, directly impacting one of the landmark Supreme Court cases. Appointed by Eleanor Rossevelt to the President's Commission on the Status of Women in 1962, she advanced the idea of Jane Crow, arguing that the same reasons used to attack race discrimination could be used to battle gender discrimination. In 1965, she becanme the first black person to earn a JSD from Yale Law School and the follow year persuaded Betty Friedan to found what became the nation's most famous feminist organization. Most importantly, her concept of Jane Crow propelled Ginsberg to her first Supreme Court victory for women's rights. By that time, Murray was a tenured history professor at Brandeis, a position she left to become the first woman ordained a priest by the Episcopal Church in 1976. Murray accomplished all of this as someone who would today be identified as transgender but who, at a time when no social movement existed to support this identity, focused her attention on systematic attacks on arbitrary distinctions of all sorts, transforming the idea of what equality means.

Fox Journal - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Fox Journal - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Just Words - Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America (Paperback): Alan Ackerman Just Words - Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America (Paperback)
Alan Ackerman
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980, the critic Mary McCarthy glibly remarked that every word author Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" Hellman immediately filed a libel suit, charging that McCarthy's comment was not a legitimate conversation on public issues but an attack on her reputation. This intriguing book offers a many-faceted examination of Hellman's infamous suit and explores what it tells us about tensions between privacy and self-expression, freedom and restraint in public language, and what can and cannot be said in public in America.

Living Speech - Resisting the Empire of Force (Paperback): James Boyd White Living Speech - Resisting the Empire of Force (Paperback)
James Boyd White
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Language is our key to imagining the world, others, and ourselves. Yet sometimes our ways of talking dehumanize others and trivialize human experience. In war other people are imagined as enemies to be killed. The language of race objectifies those it touches, and propaganda disables democracy. Advertising reduces us to consumers, and cliches destroy the life of the imagination.

How are we to assert our humanity and that of others against the forces in the culture and in our own minds that would deny it? What kind of speech should the First Amendment protect? How should judges and justices themselves speak? These questions animate James Boyd White's "Living Speech," a profound examination of the ethics of human expression--in the law and in the rest of life.

Drawing on examples from an unusual range of sources--judicial opinions, children's essays, literature, politics, and the speech-out-of-silence of Quaker worship--White offers a fascinating analysis of the force of our languages. Reminding us that every moment of speech is an occasion for gaining control of what we say and who we are, he shows us that we must practice the art of resisting the forces of inhumanity built into our habits of speech and thought if we are to become more capable of love and justice--in both law and life."

HAARP - The Ultimate Weapon Of The Conspiracy (Paperback): Jerry E Smith HAARP - The Ultimate Weapon Of The Conspiracy (Paperback)
Jerry E Smith
R299 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R52 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book is a serious attempt to discover who is really behind the HAARP project and how they plan to rule the world. The HAARP project in Alaska is one of the most controversial projects ever undertaken by the US government. This futuristic technology is everything from super-beam weapon to worldwide mind-control device. Jerry Smith gives us the history of this project and explains how it can be used as an awesome weapon of destruction. Smith exposes HAARP as a covert military project and interconnects the web of conspiracies behind it. HAARP has many possible scientific and military applications, from planetary defence shield to a tool for pioneering deep into the earth. Smith leads the reader down a trail of solid evidence into ever deeper and scarier conspiracy theories. By the end of the book, Smith convinces the reader that HAARP represents the ultimate in science out of control. It could be the most dangerous device ever created. Packed with information and the latest news on the massive HAARP project, this is a timely and significant look at a Star Wars-type future that may already be here.

Immediately Verifiable - Essays Regarding Censorship (Paperback): Jason Leon Judd Immediately Verifiable - Essays Regarding Censorship (Paperback)
Jason Leon Judd
R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Secrecy and Open Government - Why Governments Want you to Know (Hardcover): K. Robertson Secrecy and Open Government - Why Governments Want you to Know (Hardcover)
K. Robertson
R2,760 Discovery Miles 27 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does the Labour Government's commitment to Freedom of Information mean the end of excessive secrecy in the UK? Why has Britain finally decided to join the many other countries that enjoy a "right to know"? This book places the UK debate over open government in its political context. Robertson argues that just as secrecy reflected the interests of the powerful, so too does freedom of information. This is a radical and challenging alternative to the conventional view that open government is concerned with empowering "the people".

License to Harass - Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech (Paperback, New Ed): Laura Beth Nielsen License to Harass - Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
Laura Beth Nielsen
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Offensive street speech--racist and sexist remarks that can make its targets feel both psychologically and physically threatened--is surprisingly common in our society. Many argue that this speech is so detestable that it should be banned under law. But is this an area covered by the First Amendment right to free speech? Or should it be banned?

In this elegantly written book, Laura Beth Nielsen pursues the answers by probing the legal consciousness of ordinary citizens. Using a combination of field observations and in-depth, semistructured interviews, she surveys one hundred men and women, some of whom are routine targets of offensive speech, about how such speech affects their lives. Drawing on these interviews as well as an interdisciplinary body of scholarship, Nielsen argues that racist and sexist speech creates, reproduces, and reinforces existing systems of hierarchy in public places. The law works to normalize and justify offensive public interactions, she concludes, offering, in essence, a "license to harass."

Nielsen relates the results of her interviews to statistical surveys that measure the impact of offensive speech on the public. Rather than arguing whether law is the appropriate remedy for offensive speech, she allows that the benefits to democracy, to community, and to society of allowing such speech may very well outweigh the burdens imposed. Nonetheless, these burdens, and the stories of the people who bear them, should not remain invisible and outside the debate.

A Fri Wortu / The Free Word (Paperback): Sylvana Van Den Braak A Fri Wortu / The Free Word (Paperback)
Sylvana Van Den Braak
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Cyber Rights - Defending Free speech in the Digital Age (Paperback, Rev and Updated): Mike Godwin Cyber Rights - Defending Free speech in the Digital Age (Paperback, Rev and Updated)
Mike Godwin
R154 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R10 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

A first-person account of the fight to preserve First Amendment rights in the digital age. Lawyer and writer Mike Godwin has been at the forefront of the struggle to preserve freedom of speech on the Internet. In Cyber Rights he recounts the major cases and issues in which he was involved and offers his views on free speech and other constitutional rights in the digital age. Godwin shows how the law and the Constitution apply, or should apply, in cyberspace and defends the Net against those who would damage it for their own purposes. Godwin details events and phenomena that have shaped our understanding of rights in cyberspace-including early antihacker fears that colored law enforcement activities in the early 1990s, the struggle between the Church of Scientology and its critics on the Net, disputes about protecting copyrighted works on the Net, and what he calls "the great cyberporn panic." That panic, he shows, laid bare the plans of those hoping to use our children in an effort to impose a new censorship regime on what otherwise could be the most liberating communications medium the world has seen. Most important, Godwin shows how anyone-not just lawyers, journalists, policy makers, and the rich and well connected-can use the Net to hold media and political institutions accountable and to ensure that the truth is known.

The Indecent Screen - Regulating Television in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback): Cynthia Chris The Indecent Screen - Regulating Television in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)
Cynthia Chris
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The Indecent Screen explores clashes over indecency in broadcast television among U.S.-based media advocates, television professionals, the Federal Communications Commission, and TV audiences. Cynthia Chris focuses on the decency debates during an approximately twenty-year period since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which in many ways restructured the media environment. Simultaneously, ever increasing channel capacity, new forms of distribution, and time-shifting (in the form of streaming and on-demand viewing options) radically changed how, when, and what we watch. But instead of these innovations quelling concerns that TV networks were too often transmitting indecent material that was accessible to children, complaints about indecency skyrocketed soon after the turn of the century. Chris demonstrates that these clashes are significant battles over the role of family, the role of government, and the value of free speech in our lives, arguing that an uncensored media is so imperative to the public good that we can, and must, endure the occasional indecent screen.

No Excuses Reading Journal for Banned Books (Paperback): Tracy Tennant No Excuses Reading Journal for Banned Books (Paperback)
Tracy Tennant
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Freedom of the Press 2004 - A Global Survey of Media Independence (Paperback, 2004): Freedom House Freedom of the Press 2004 - A Global Survey of Media Independence (Paperback, 2004)
Freedom House
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Freedom House's annual press freedom survey has tracked trends in media freedom worldwide since 1980. Covering 192 countries and one territory, Freedom of the Press 2004 provides comparative rankings and examines the legal environment for the media, political pressures that influence reporting, and economic factors that affect access to information.

Freedom of the Press 2004 - A Global Survey of Media Independence (Hardcover, Revised): Freedom House Freedom of the Press 2004 - A Global Survey of Media Independence (Hardcover, Revised)
Freedom House
R1,501 Discovery Miles 15 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Freedom House's annual press freedom survey has tracked trends in media freedom worldwide since 1980. Covering 192 countries and one territory, Freedom of the Press 2004 provides comparative rankings and examines the legal environment for the media, political pressures that influence reporting, and economic factors that affect access to information.

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