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Group Defamation and Freedom of Speech - The Relationship Between Language and Violence (Hardcover, New): Monore H. Freedman,... Group Defamation and Freedom of Speech - The Relationship Between Language and Violence (Hardcover, New)
Monore H. Freedman, Eric M. Freedman
R2,365 Discovery Miles 23 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume, an updated collection of essays presented by leading scholars at a Hofstra University conference on group defamation, provides a cross-disciplinary examination of hate speech. Beginning with the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in R.A.V. v. St. Paul, the volume analyzes the problem from historical, anthropological, comparative-legal, and American constitutional law perspectives. Among the topics examined are the role of hate speech in the persecutions of Jews and Asians during World War II, in the subordination of Blacks, Native Americans, and women, and the pros and cons of the legal controls on hate speech adopted in such countries as Australia, Canada, and Israel. The section on American constitutional law features several proposed statutes outlawing hate speech, along with model court opinions supporting and attacking their constitutionality. The volume will be of great interest to scholars and students in the areas of intergroup relations and constitutional law as well as policy makers.

Bits, Bytes, and Big Brother - Federal Information Control in the Technological Age (Hardcover, New): Shannon E. Martin Bits, Bytes, and Big Brother - Federal Information Control in the Technological Age (Hardcover, New)
Shannon E. Martin
R1,753 Discovery Miles 17 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This study examines the tensions and interrelationships inherent in federal control of information in the technological era. Analyzing topics relating to information content and carrier issues, citizens' natural rights and utilities, and the effects of the executive and legislative branches, the author examines the historical definitions of information, traditional ethical principles, the parameters as framed by the Constitution, and three kinds of information control actions promulgated by the federal government (the Foreign Agents Registration and Propaganda Act, the Computer Security Act of 1987, and the Pentagon media rules during the Persian Gulf War). Following analysis of the practical, ethical, and legal issues involved, the author recommends a proactive information policy encompassing both information content and carriers and preserving Constitutional principles on the free flow of information.

Molding the Good Citizen - The Politics of High School History Texts (Hardcover, New): Stanley Rothman Molding the Good Citizen - The Politics of High School History Texts (Hardcover, New)
Stanley Rothman
R1,756 Discovery Miles 17 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A series of culture wars are being fought in America today; Lerner, Nagai, and Rothman contend that one key battleground is the nation's high school texts. The authors argue that today's textbook controversies, as exemplified in the proposed National Standards for the Study of United States and World History, reflect changes in American public philosophy and the education profession. Conventional wisdom among students of the curriculum is that the major threat to freedom of the schools comes from the religious right. While this may have been true at one time, Lerner, Nagai, and Rothman assert that the major thrust today involves the imposition on schools of the ideology of particular groups that seek to use education as a mechanism for changing society. They document the growing influence of these groups, and their supporters among educators, through an extensive quantitative content analysis of leading high school history texts over the past 40 years and a historical analysis of how this outlook and the willingness to impose it became part of educators' conventional wisdom.

The authors document the growing influence of these groups, and their supporters among educators, in two ways. First, they present an extensive quantitative content analysis of leading high school history texts over the past 40 years, demonstrating in detail the feminist and multicultural perspectives that have come to dominate them. Second, they provide a historical analysis of how this outlook and the willingness to impose it became part of educators' conventional wisdom, tracing current policies back to the influence of the Progressive education movement led by John Dewey. This controversial book will be of exceptional interest to the general public as well as to researchers and students of education, public policy, and American intellectual history.

Auf Der Suche Nach Dem Verlorenen Theater - Das Portugiesische Gegenwartsdrama Unter Der Politischen Zensur (1960-1974)... Auf Der Suche Nach Dem Verlorenen Theater - Das Portugiesische Gegenwartsdrama Unter Der Politischen Zensur (1960-1974) (German, Paperback)
Kian-Harald Karimi
R2,041 R1,767 Discovery Miles 17 670 Save R274 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Im engeren Sinn beschaftigt sich die vorliegende Arbeit mit den Auswirkungen der politischen Zensur auf das portugiesische Theaterleben unter den Bedingungen einer Diktatur, die fast funfzig Jahre wahrte. Dramatische Texte werden mit bislang unveroffentlichten Zensurdokumenten aus den Jahren 1960-1974 konfrontiert und vermitteln dem Leser so einen authentischen Eindruck uber das Ausmass von den Verfolgungen, denen Gegenwartsautoren ausgesetzt waren. Daruber hinaus bemuht sich die Arbeit aber auch, die Zensur des zeitgenossischen Theaters aus der Perspektive jener historischen Erfahrungen zu erfassen, die uber das Verhaltnis von Literatur, Buhnenkunst und Zensur im Laufe der Jahrhunderte Auskunft geben konnen. Aus den Akten der Zensurbehorde lasst sich nach der Erkenntnis ihres Herausgebers nur dann ein Sinnzusammenhang erschliessen, wenn man diese Dokumente als Ergebnis einer mehr als funfhundert Jahre dauernden Zensurgeschichte betrachtet und in den Kontext des behandelten Zeitraums (1960-74) einordnet. Auf diese Weise kann zudem die zeitgeschichtliche Bedeutung politischer Zensur erhellt werden."

The Tolerant Society - Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America (Paperback, New ed): Lee C. Bollinger The Tolerant Society - Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America (Paperback, New ed)
Lee C. Bollinger
R2,132 Discovery Miles 21 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines the consequences of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. While Americans benefit from its broad protection of freedom of speech, they also suffer from the extremes which result from interpretation of the same amendment. Bollinger provides a masterly critique of the major theories of freedom of expression, finding them persuasive but inadequate. Buttressing his argument with references to many specific cases, as well as with careful analysis of the primary literature on free speech, he contends that the real value of toleration of extremist speech lies in the extraordinary self-control toward antisocial behaviour that it elicits: society is strenthened by the exercise of tolerance.

Freedom of Information (Hardcover, New edition): Sydney S. Sowles Freedom of Information (Hardcover, New edition)
Sydney S. Sowles
R2,295 Discovery Miles 22 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Freedom of Expression and Religious Hate Speech in Europe (Hardcover): Erica Howard Freedom of Expression and Religious Hate Speech in Europe (Hardcover)
Erica Howard
R3,108 Discovery Miles 31 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In recent years, the Danish cartoons affair, the Charlie Hebdo murders and the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris have resulted in increasingly strident anti-Islamic speeches by politicians. This raises questions about the limits to freedom of expression and whether this freedom can and should be restricted to protect the religious feelings of believers. This book uses the case law of the European Court of Human Rights to provide a comprehensive analysis of the questions: whether legal prohibitions of religious hate speech violate the right to freedom of expression; and, whether such laws should be used to prosecute politicians and others who contribute to current debates when they use anti-Islam rhetoric. A well-known politician who uses such rhetoric is Dutch politician Geert Wilders. He has been prosecuted twice for hate speech, and was acquitted in the first case and recently convicted in the second. These prosecutions are used to illustrate the issues involved in drawing the line between freedom of expression and religious hate speech. The author argues that freedom of expression of politicians and those contributing to the public debate should not be restricted except in two very limited circumstances: when they incite to hatred or violence and there is an imminent danger that violence will follow or where it stops people from holding or manifesting their religion. Based on this, the author concludes that the European Court of Human Rights should decide, if it is asked to do so, that Wilders conviction for hate speech violates his freedom of expression.

The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Paperback): Helen Norton The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Paperback)
Helen Norton
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When we discuss constitutional law, we usually focus on the constitutional rules that apply to what the government does. Far less clear are the constitutional rules that apply to what the government says. When does the speech of this unusually powerful speaker violate our constitutional rights and liberties? More specifically, when does the government's expression threaten liberty or equality? And under what circumstances does the Constitution prohibit our government from lying to us? In The Government's Speech and the Constitution, Professor Helen Norton investigates the variety and abundance of the government's speech, from early proclamations and simple pamphlets, to the electronic media of radio and television, and ultimately to today's digital age. This enables us to understand how the government's speech has changed the world for better and for worse, and why the government's speech deserves our attention, and at times our concern.

Discourses of Freedom of Speech - From the Enactment of the Bill of Rights to the Sedition Act of 1918 (Hardcover): J. Rudanko Discourses of Freedom of Speech - From the Enactment of the Bill of Rights to the Sedition Act of 1918 (Hardcover)
J. Rudanko
R2,189 Discovery Miles 21 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Freedom of speech is a tradition distinctive to American political culture, and this book focuses on the major debates and discourses that shaped this tradition. Today the American Bill of Rights, with its famous First Amendment, is generally taken for granted, but when James Madison proposed a Bill of Rights in 1789, the reaction among his colleagues in the first Congress was hostile. The book examines how Madison was able to prevail in spite of such opposition. It focuses on discourses connected to the Sedition Act of 1798, which represented a serious threat to freedom of speech and the first Amendment. The author sheds fresh light on key Congressional debates on the Bill of Rights and the Sedition Act by developing and applying an approach to fallacy theory that is suitable to the study of political discourse. He further focuses on criticism of the Madison administration in Federalist newspapers during the War of 1812, arguing that Madison's toleration of such criticism was important in shaping a tradition of free expression in the United States. Efforts to suppress free expression during the Wilson administration represented a serious challenge to this tradition, and the author goes on to employ fallacy theory in examining Congressional discourses for and against Wilson's policy of repression.

Speech and Harm - Controversies Over Free Speech (Hardcover): Ishani Maitra, Mary Kate Mcgowan Speech and Harm - Controversies Over Free Speech (Hardcover)
Ishani Maitra, Mary Kate Mcgowan
R2,702 Discovery Miles 27 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Most liberal societies are deeply committed to a principle of free speech. At the same time, however, there is evidence that some kinds of speech are harmful in ways that are detrimental to important liberal values, such as social equality. Might a genuine commitment to free speech require that we legally permit speech even when it is harmful, and even when doing so is in conflict with our commitment to values like equality? Even if such speech is to be legally permitted, does our commitment to free speech allow us to provide material and institutional support to those who would contest such harmful speech? And finally, and perhaps most importantly, which kinds of speech are harmful in ways that merit response, either in the form of legal regulation or in some other form? This collection explores these and related questions. Drawing on expertise in philosophy, sociology, political science, feminist theory, and legal theory, the contributors to this book investigate these themes and questions. By exploring various categories of speech (including pornography, hate speech, Holocaust denial literature, 'Whites Only' signs), and attending to the precise functioning of speech, the essays contained here shed light on these questions by clarifying the relationship between speech and harm. Understanding how speech functions can help us work out which kinds of speech are harmful, what those harms are, and how the speech in question brings them about. All of these issues are crucially important when it comes to deciding what ought to be done about allegedly harmful speech.

Blacked Out - Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Paperback): Alasdair Roberts Blacked Out - Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Paperback)
Alasdair Roberts
R812 Discovery Miles 8 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1966 the United States Congress passed the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) giving the public the right to access government documents. This "right to know" has been used over the intervening years to challenge overreaching Presidents and secretive government agencies. This example of governmental transparency has served as an inspiring case in point to nations around the world, spawning similar statutes in fifty-nine countries. Yet, despite these global efforts to foster openness in government, secrecy still persists--and in many cases--sometimes thrives. Alasdair Roberts, a prominent lawyer, public policy expert, and international authority on transparency in government, examines the evolution of the trend toward governmental openness and how technological developments have assisted the disclosure and dissemination of information. In the process he offers a comprehensive look at the global efforts to restrict secrecy and provides readers with a clearly written guide to those areas where the battle over secrecy is most intense. Drawing on cases from many different countries, Roberts goes further than the popular view that secrecy is simply a problem of selfish bureaucrats trying to hide embarrassing information by showing how such powerful trends as privatization, globalization, and the "networking" of security agencies are complicating the fight against secrecy. In our time when new terror threats provoke potentially counter-productive measures that impede openness, the need for a thorough and dispassionate discussion of openness in democratic societies is especially acute. Written in an engaging style, Blacked Out powerfully illustrates why transparency matters and why the struggle for openness is so difficult. Alasdair Roberts is Associate Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University. An internationally-recognized specialist on open government, he has written over thirty journal articles and book chapters. He is a 2005 recipient of the Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector. He has been a fellow of the Open Society Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and is a member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue's Transparency Task Force.

Defamation and Freedom of Speech (Hardcover, New): Dario Milo Defamation and Freedom of Speech (Hardcover, New)
Dario Milo
R3,379 Discovery Miles 33 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The law of defamation contemplates the clash of two fundamental rights: the right to freedom of expression, including freedom of the media, and the right to reputation. The rules of defamation law are designed to mediate between these two rights. The central proposition that this book makes is that defamation law needs to be reformed to balance the conflicting rights. This discussion flows from a theoretical analysis of the rights in issue; the value underlying the right to reputation that has most resonance is human dignity, while the value that is most apposite to freedom of expression in this context is the argument that free speech is integral to democracy. The argument from democracy emphasizes that speech on matters of public interest should receive greater protection than private speech. This book argues that fundamental rules of defamation law need to be reformed to take into account the dual importance of public interest speech on the one hand, and the right to human dignity on the other. In particular, the presumptions that defamatory allegations are false and have caused damage, the principle of strict liability to primary publishers and negligence liability to secondary publishers, and the availability of punitive damages, should not survive constitutional scrutiny. The quantum of damages and costs rules, and the remedies available in defamation cases, should also be reformed to reflect the importance of dignity to the claimant, and the free speech interest of the public in receiving accurate information on matters of public interest.

What the People Know - Freedom and the Press (Paperback, New edition): Richard Reeves What the People Know - Freedom and the Press (Paperback, New edition)
Richard Reeves
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The power and status of the press in America reached new heights after spectacular reporting triumphs in the segregated South, in Vietnam, and in Washington during the Watergate years. Then new technologies created instantaneous global reporting which left the government unable to control the flow of information ot the nation. The press thus became a formidable rival in critical struggles to control what the people know and when they know it. But that was, according to Richard Reeves, more power than the press could handle - and journalism crashed towards new lows in public esteem and public purpose. The dazzling new technologies, profit-driven owners, and celebrated editors, reporters, and broadcasters made it possible to bypass older values and standards of journalism. Journalists revelled in lusty pursuit after the power of politics, the profits of entertainment and trespass into privacy. Richard Reeves was there at the rise and the fall, beginning as a small-town editor, becoming the chief political correspondent of the "New York Times", and then a best-selling author and award-winning documentary film-maker. From the Pony Express to the Internet, Reeves chronicles what happened to the press as America accelerated into uncertainty, arguing that to survive, the press must go back to doing what it was hired to do a long time ago - stand as outsiders watching government and politics on behalf of a free people busy with their own affairs.

The Irony of Free Speech (Paperback, New Ed): Owen Fiss The Irony of Free Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
Owen Fiss
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How free is the speech of someone who can't be heard? Not very--and this, Owen Fiss suggests, is where the First Amendment comes in. In this book, a marvel of conciseness and eloquence, Fiss reframes the debate over free speech to reflect the First Amendment's role in ensuring public debate that is, in Justice William Brennan's words, truly "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open." Hate speech, pornography, campaign spending, funding for the arts: the heated, often overheated, struggle over these issues generally pits liberty, as embodied in the First Amendment, against equality, as in the Fourteenth. Fiss presents a democratic view of the First Amendment that transcends this opposition. If equal participation is a precondition of free and open public debate, then the First Amendment encompasses the values of both equality and liberty. By examining the silencing effects of speech--its power to overwhelm and intimidate the underfunded, underrepresented, or disadvantaged voice--Fiss shows how restrictions on political expenditures, hate speech, and pornography can be defended in terms of the First Amendment, not despite it. Similarly, when the state requires the media to air voices of opposition, or funds art that presents controversial or challenging points of view, it is doing its constitutional part to protect democratic self-rule from the aggregations of private power that threaten it. Where most liberal accounts cast the state as the enemy of freedom and the First Amendment as a restraint, this one reminds us that the state can also be the friend of freedom, protecting and fostering speech that might otherwise die unheard, depriving our democracy of the full range and richness of its expression.

Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Hardcover, New): Eamonn Callan Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Hardcover, New)
Eamonn Callan
R3,498 Discovery Miles 34 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This timely and important book presents a compelling new theory of political education for liberal democracies. Amidst current concern over the need to encourage a morally sensitive and committed citizenry, Professor Callan's study provides a much-needed balanced discussion of the proper ends of education, as well as the moral rights of parents and children.

Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech (Paperback, New Ed): C. Edwin Baker Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
C. Edwin Baker
R1,844 Discovery Miles 18 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although an inchoate liberty theory of freedom of speech has deep roots in Supreme Court decisions and political history, it has been overshadowed in judicial decisions and scholarly commentary by the marketplace of ideas theory. In this book, Baker critiques the assumptions required by the marketplace of ideas theory and develops the liberty theory, showing its philosophical soundness, persuasiveness, and ability to protect free speech. He argues that First Amendment liberty rights (as well as Fourteenth Amendment equality rights) required by political or moral theory are central to the possibility of progressive change. Problem areas are examined, including the question of whether individual political and civil rights can in principle be distinguished from property rights, freedom of the press, and the use of public spaces for expressive purposes.

The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Hardcover): Helen Norton The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Hardcover)
Helen Norton
R2,531 Discovery Miles 25 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When we discuss constitutional law, we usually focus on the constitutional rules that apply to what the government does. Far less clear are the constitutional rules that apply to what the government says. When does the speech of this unusually powerful speaker violate our constitutional rights and liberties? More specifically, when does the government's expression threaten liberty or equality? And under what circumstances does the Constitution prohibit our government from lying to us? In The Government's Speech and the Constitution, Professor Helen Norton investigates the variety and abundance of the government's speech, from early proclamations and simple pamphlets, to the electronic media of radio and television, and ultimately to today's digital age. This enables us to understand how the government's speech has changed the world for better and for worse, and why the government's speech deserves our attention, and at times our concern.

Vietnam - A Pathway from State Socialism (Paperback): Thaveeporn Vasavakul Vietnam - A Pathway from State Socialism (Paperback)
Thaveeporn Vasavakul
R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a study of Vietnam's socialist transition and state transformation, generally known as doi moi. It examines the drivers of socialist-regime change, the nature of the doi moi state, and the basis of regime legitimacy in Vietnam. The Element argues that despite its 'one-party rule' label, the party-state apparatus that channels said rule has become fragmented. State-building during the doi moi period involved negotiations and bargaining that redefine authority and power relations within the state apparatus. The party-state's accountability projects are designed to target the specific self-aggrandizing tendencies of the state apparatus, its policies, and abuse of state power. At the leadership level, patterns of resource allocation underlying the doi moi growth model as well as the VCP's cadre rotation approach have accommodated central and sub-national state elites across sectors and levels, helping shore up the legitimacy of the doi moi state in the eyes of the state elite. The combination of sustained economic growth, expansion of political space, accountability, and tolerance of small-scale public protests have been factors in strengthening regime-society legitimization.

'Trash,' Censorship, and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Germany (Paperback): Kara L. Ritzheimer 'Trash,' Censorship, and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Germany (Paperback)
Kara L. Ritzheimer
R787 Discovery Miles 7 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Convinced that sexual immorality and unstable gender norms were endangering national recovery after World War One, German lawmakers drafted a constitution in 1919 legalizing the censorship of movies and pulp fiction, and prioritizing social rights over individual rights. These provisions enabled legislations to adopt two national censorship laws intended to regulate the movie industry and retail trade in pulp fiction. Both laws had their ideological origins in grass-roots anti-'trash' campaigns inspired by early encounters with commercial mass culture and Germany's federalist structure. Before the war, activists characterized censorship as a form of youth protection. Afterwards, they described it as a form of social welfare. Local activists and authorities enforcing the decisions of federal censors made censorship familiar and respectable even as these laws became a lightning rod for criticism of the young republic. Nazi leaders subsequently refashioned anti-'trash' rhetoric to justify the stringent censorship regime they imposed on Germany.

Eine Zensur findet statt! - Redeverbote und Bucherverbrennung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German, Paperback, 2nd... Eine Zensur findet statt! - Redeverbote und Bucherverbrennung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German, Paperback, 2nd Uberarbeitete Und Aktualisierte ed.)
Germar Rudolf
R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Changing Media, Changing China (Paperback): Susan L. Shirk Changing Media, Changing China (Paperback)
Susan L. Shirk
R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are still unfolding as the Chinese government, media, and public adapt to the new information environment. Edited by Susan Shirk, one of America's leading experts on contemporary China, this collection of essays brings together a who's who of experts-Chinese and American-writing about all aspects of the changing media landscape in China. In detailed case studies, the authors describe how the media is reshaping itself from a propaganda mouthpiece into an agent of watchdog journalism, how politicians are reacting to increased scrutiny from the media, and how television, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based news sites navigate the cross-currents between the open marketplace and the CCP censors. China has over 360 million Internet users, more than any other country, and an astounding 162 million bloggers. The growth of Internet access has dramatically increased the information available, the variety and timeliness of the news, and its national and international reach. But China is still far from having a free press. As of 2008, the international NGO Freedom House ranked China 181 worst out of 195 countries in terms of press restrictions, and Chinese journalists have been aptly described as "dancing in shackles." The recent controversy over China's censorship of Google highlights the CCP's deep ambivalence toward information freedom. Covering everything from the rise of business media and online public opinion polling to environmental journalism and the effect of media on foreign policy, Changing Media, Changing China reveals how the most populous nation on the planet is reacting to demands for real news.

Egohumanisterna - De nya totalitarerna (Swedish, Paperback): Kristian Torning Egohumanisterna - De nya totalitarerna (Swedish, Paperback)
Kristian Torning
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalit rerna (Swedish, Hardcover): Kristian T Rning Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalit rerna (Swedish, Hardcover)
Kristian T Rning
R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Freedom of Speech in Russia - Politics and Media from Gorbachev to Putin (Paperback): Daphne Skillen Freedom of Speech in Russia - Politics and Media from Gorbachev to Putin (Paperback)
Daphne Skillen
R1,131 Discovery Miles 11 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book traces the life of free speech in Russia from the final years of the Soviet Union to the present. It shows how long-cherished hopes for an open society in which people would speak freely and tell truth to power fared under Gorbachev's glasnost; how free speech was a real, if fractured, achievement of Yeltsin's years in power; and how easy it was for Putin to reverse these newly won freedoms, imposing a `patrimonial' media that sits comfortably with old autocratic and feudal traditions. The book explores why this turn seemed so inexorable and now seems so entrenched. It examines the historical legacy, and Russia's culturally ambivalent perception of freedom, which Dostoyevsky called that `terrible gift'. It evaluates the allure of western consumerism and Soviet-era illusions that stunted the initial promise of freedom and democracy. The behaviour of journalists and their apparent complicity in the distortion of their profession come under scrutiny. This ambitious study covering more than 30 years of radical change looks at responses `from above' and `from below', and asks whether the players truly understood what was involved in the practice of free speech.

The Politics of Freedom of Information - How and Why Governments Pass Laws That Threaten Their Power (Hardcover): Ben Worthy The Politics of Freedom of Information - How and Why Governments Pass Laws That Threaten Their Power (Hardcover)
Ben Worthy
R2,056 Discovery Miles 20 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why do governments pass freedom of information laws? The symbolic power and force surrounding FOI makes it appealing as an electoral promise but hard to disengage from once in power. However, behind closed doors compromises and manoeuvres ensure that bold policies are seriously weakened before they reach the statute book. The politics of freedom of information examines how Tony Blair's government proposed a radical FOI law only to back down in fear of what it would do. But FOI survived, in part due to the government's reluctance to be seen to reject a law that spoke of 'freedom', 'information' and 'rights'. After comparing the British experience with the difficult development of FOI in Australia, India and the United States - and the rather different cases of Ireland and New Zealand - the book concludes by looking at how the disruptive, dynamic and democratic effects of FOI laws continue to cause controversy once in operation. -- .

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