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

Freedom of Expression - Counting the Costs (Hardcover, Unabridged edition): Glen Newey Freedom of Expression - Counting the Costs (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
Glen Newey
R1,318 Discovery Miles 13 180 Special order

Freedom of expression has long been cherished as a liberal ideal. But in the political climate of the new millennium free expression finds itself under assault. Muslims greeted the publication by a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad with outrage. The Pope was forced to issue an apology after Muslims denounced his remarks about a Byzantine emperor as anti-Islamic. Meanwhile in the UK, the play Behzti was cancelled after protests by Sikhs and Christian activists attempted to force the BBC not to screen Jerry Springer: the Opera. The political establishment, as well as religious activists, has also tried to gag free speech. Moves to ban inciting religious hatred and "glorifying" acts of terrorism, have stirred up political ferment. In several jurisdictions Holocaust denial is already outlawed. The advent of the internet, with its lack of regulation, has fuelled long-standing feminist concerns about pornography. Child pornography has become rampant on the web. This collection explores the new challenges to free expression posed by cultural and political conflict and by technological change. It asks whether classical and modern liberalism still carry conviction against challenges to liberal orthodoxy. The contributors ask how to weigh the claims of free expression against other fundamental rights such as group membership, personal privacy, and the protection of the public sphere both as a discursive realm, and as a cultural space. Together they tackle the key questions facing free expression today: What does free expression mean in an age of global communications? How, if at all, can it be traded against other goods? Can free speech survive, given the growing awareness of its costs?

Propaganda and the Public Mind (MP3 format, CD): Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian Propaganda and the Public Mind (MP3 format, CD)
Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian; Read by Brian Jones
R194 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R48 (25%) Special order
Enough Said - What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? (Paperback): Mark Thompson Enough Said - What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? (Paperback)
Mark Thompson
R352 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R27 (8%) Special order
Secrets of the State and How to Get Them (Paperback, New): Richard Dowling Secrets of the State and How to Get Them (Paperback, New)
Richard Dowling
R529 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R54 (10%) Special order

Access to information held by central or local government departments and semi-state bodies is a fundamental right in any democracy. Transparency in the way we are governed - and how public money is spent - should be a basic tenet in any political system. Unfortunately, that principal has not always been upheld in Ireland. Written in clear and understandable language, "Secrets of the State...and How to Get Them" is a practical guide for anyone who wants to get information held by local authorities, government departments or other state bodies, here or overseas. It takes readers step-by-step through the process of submitting requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the lesser known Accessing Information on the Environment regulations. Written by one of the country's leading experts on Freedom of Information, RTE Correspondent Richard Dowling, this is the definitive guide on accessing State-held information. It offers non-legalistic interpretation of these laws and how to use them. There is no book like this on the Irish market. Every year around 15,000 FOI requests are submitted, though not all are successful for a variety of reasons. In this book, Richard Dowling shows the reader the correct procedure for submitting a request so that many more people will be able to access information they're entitled to, and in so doing help to lift the shroud of secrecy that is still ever present in the Irish civil service. "Secrets of the State...and How to Get Them" will be invaluable for environmental organisations, community groups, political activists and grass roots campaigners, as well as for businesses and individuals of all kinds who want access to State-held information.

Freedom of Expression (Hardcover): Eoin O'dell Freedom of Expression (Hardcover)
Eoin O'dell
R3,176 Discovery Miles 31 760 Special order

This volume examines the right to freedom of expression. Particular attention is given to Irish constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression along with recent important speech jurisprudence in other jurisdictions. The study examines the extent to which the Irish constitution has been effected by external factors and vice versa the influence of Irish norms on international developments in this area. Key features; * Examines recent developments in a range of countries including: Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; * Discusses the effect and influence of international rulings; * Covers a wide range of issues, including: Damages for defamation; Freedom of the expression; Political dissent; Abortion speech; Hate speech; Broadcasting; Freedom of Expression of Information. The book will be a valuable reference for all those involved with constitutional, media and Irish law.

Information Liberation - Challenging the Corruptions of Information Power (Paperback): Brian Martin Information Liberation - Challenging the Corruptions of Information Power (Paperback)
Brian Martin
R464 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R47 (10%) Special order

Strategies for freeing information from the distortions of power in mass media, bureaucracies, intellectual property, surveillance, research and the like.

The Liberal War on Transparency - Confessions of a Freedom of Information "criminal" (Paperback): Christopher C. Horner The Liberal War on Transparency - Confessions of a Freedom of Information "criminal" (Paperback)
Christopher C. Horner
R385 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R75 (19%) Special order
Bias in the Media - How the Media Switched Against Me After I Switched Parties (Paperback): Steve Levy Bias in the Media - How the Media Switched Against Me After I Switched Parties (Paperback)
Steve Levy
R377 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R75 (20%) Special order
Banned in Boston - The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil (MP3 format, CD):... Banned in Boston - The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil (MP3 format, CD)
Neil Miller; Read by Peter Johnson
R194 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R48 (25%) Special order
Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution - Shopping Malls and the First Amendment (Paperback): Anthony Maniscalco Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution - Shopping Malls and the First Amendment (Paperback)
Anthony Maniscalco
R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Special order
Censorship (Hardcover): Lauri S Friedman Censorship (Hardcover)
Lauri S Friedman
R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Special order
We Will Not Be Silenced - The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics (Paperback): William I. Robinson, Maryam S. Griffin We Will Not Be Silenced - The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics (Paperback)
William I. Robinson, Maryam S. Griffin; Foreword by Richard A. Falk
R382 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R75 (20%) Special order
Freeing the Presses - The First Amendment in Action (Hardcover): Timothy E. Cook Freeing the Presses - The First Amendment in Action (Hardcover)
Timothy E. Cook
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Special order

Freeing the Presses offers a path-breaking inquiry into the theory and practice of freedom of the press at a critical time in the growing overlap between modern media and political discussion. Six political communication scholars draw upon history, sociology, political science, legal philosophy, and journalism to investigate whether the freedoms and privileges given to the news media and to reporters actually produce the results we expect. Their discussion covers past, present, and future media performance and engages a wide range of provocative questions: What understanding did the founders of the Constitution have of the press? Does the legal protection given to the press actually produce more free-wheeling news? Just how independent are the news media from political and other power centers? Must we accept a scurrilous, "unlovable" press if we are to have such independence? How will freedom of the press be changed by the new heady mix of mass-, middle-, and micromedia, and of citizen news-producers? Answers to these questions receive added perspective in an introductory essay by Timothy E. Cook and commentaries by four First Amendment experts. A book that will be welcomed by scholars, students, and anyone who relies on the freedom of the press in practice, Freeing the Presses addresses the important question of how best to pursue a media system that fulfills the demands of a democratic polity.

Censorship (Paperback, 2007): Julia Bauder Censorship (Paperback, 2007)
Julia Bauder
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Special order
Censorship (MP3 format, CD): Julian Petley Censorship (MP3 format, CD)
Julian Petley; Read by Andrea Powell
R188 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R13 (7%) Special order
Censorship (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Ted Gottfried Censorship (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Ted Gottfried
R906 Discovery Miles 9 060 Special order
Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform (Paperback): Suzanne J. Piotrowski Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform (Paperback)
Suzanne J. Piotrowski
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Special order

How federal management reforms have impacted the implementation of the freedom of Information Act

Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech (Hardcover, New): Richard Abel Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech (Hardcover, New)
Richard Abel
R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Special order

The feminist campaign against pornography, the furore over a racial epithet in the O.J. Simpson trial, and Iran's continuing threat to kill Salman Rushdie exemplify the intense passions aroused by hurtful speech. In this study Richard Abel offers an original framework for understanding and attempting to resolve these pervasive and intractable conflicts. Drawing on sociological theories of symbollic politics, he views such confrontations as struggles for respect among status categories defined by nationality, religion, race gender, sexual orientation and physical difference. The text seeks to expose the inadequacies of the conventional responses to speech: absolutist civil libertarianism and enthusiastic state regulation. Instead the author argues that only apologies exchanged within the communities that construct collective identities can readjust social standing damaged by hurtful words and images. Abel recasts the problem in terms of equalizing cultural capital and aims to open a new pathway through the wrongs and rights of speech.

Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right (Paperback): Katharine Gelber Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right (Paperback)
Katharine Gelber
R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Special order

A council officer shuts down a Sydney art exhibition that sends a political message about the Iraq war; Big Day Out organizers are attacked for requesting that attendees not wear the Australian flag after the Cronulla riots. Why are Australians getting free speech wrong? Despite its professed support of free speech, Australia is remarkably tolerant of activities that curtail it. Arguing that freedom of speech is a vital democratic freedom, this account investigates a wide range of political expression to discover what value Australians place on free speech. Filled with controversial examples to fuel the debate, it questions the efficacy and extent of the public's commitment to freedom of speech in Australian political culture. This important book rethinks freedom of speech and encourages citizens to be more active in running their country.

Obscenity and the Limits of Liberalism (Hardcover): Loren Glass, Charles Francis Williams Obscenity and the Limits of Liberalism (Hardcover)
Loren Glass, Charles Francis Williams
R1,025 Discovery Miles 10 250 Special order

Over the course of the nineteenth century in both Europe and the United States, the state usurped the traditional authority of the church in regulating sexual expression and behavior. In the same century philosophers of classical liberalism identified that state function as a threat to individual liberty. Since then, liberalism has provided the framework for debates over obscenity around the globe. But liberalism has recently been under siege, on the one side from postmodern thinkers skeptical about its andro- and ethnocentric assumptions, and on the other side from religious thinkers doubtful of the moral integrity of the Enlightenment project writ large.The principal challenge for those who conduct academic work in this realm is to formulate new models of research and analysis appropriate to understanding and evaluating speech in the present-day public sphere. Toward those ends, "Obscenity and the Limits of Liberalism" contains a selection of essays and interventions by prominent authors and artists in a variety of disciplines and media. These writings, taken as a whole, put recent developments into historical and global contexts and chart possible futures for a debate that promises to persist well into the new millennium.

Writers in Prison (Paperback): Ioan Davies Writers in Prison (Paperback)
Ioan Davies
R299 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R52 (17%) Special order

"Writers in Prison" is an enthralling study of writers who are sent to prison, and of the metaphors drawn from prison that influence our conceptions of everyday life.

Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech (Paperback, New edition): Richard Abel Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech (Paperback, New edition)
Richard Abel
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Special order

The feminist campaign against pornography, the furore over a racial epithet in the O.J. Simpson trial, and Iran's continuing threat to kill Salman Rushdie exemplify the intense passions aroused by hurtful speech. In this study Richard Abel offers an original framework for understanding and attempting to resolve these pervasive and intractable conflicts. Drawing on sociological theories of symbollic politics, he views such confrontations as struggles for respect among status categories defined by nationality, religion, race gender, sexual orientation and physical difference. The text seeks to expose the inadequacies of the conventional responses to speech: absolutist civil libertarianism and enthusiastic state regulation. Instead the author argues that only apologies exchanged within the communities that construct collective identities can readjust social standing damaged by hurtful words and images. Abel recasts the problem in terms of equalizing cultural capital and aims to open a new pathway through the wrongs and rights of speech.

Spooked - How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (MP3 format, CD): Nicholas Schou Spooked - How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (MP3 format, CD)
Nicholas Schou; Read by Michael Butler Murray
R186 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R13 (7%) Special order
Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (Hardcover): Nathaniel Tkacz Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (Hardcover)
Nathaniel Tkacz
R1,793 Discovery Miles 17 930 Special order

Few virtues are as celebrated in contemporary culture as openness. Rooted in software culture and carrying more than a whiff of Silicon Valley technical utopianism, openness--of decision-making, data, and organizational structure--is seen as the cure for many problems in politics and business.
But what does openness mean, and what would a political theory of openness look like? With "Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness," Nathaniel Tkacz uses Wikipedia, the most prominent product of open organization, to analyze the theory and politics of openness in practice--and to break its spell. Through discussions of edit wars, article deletion policies, user access levels, and more, Tkacz enables us to see how the key concepts of openness--including collaboration, ad-hocracy, and the splitting of contested projects through "forking"--play out in reality.
The resulting book is the richest critical analysis of openness to date, one that roots media theory in messy reality and thereby helps us move beyond the vaporware promises of digital utopians and take the first steps toward truly understanding what openness does, and does not, have to offer.

Censoring the Word (Hardcover): Julian Petley Censoring the Word (Hardcover)
Julian Petley
R371 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R32 (9%) Special order

"Manifestos For The Twenty-First Century" is a Seagull Series created in collaboration with Index on Censorship, a home and a voice for freedom of expression since it was founded in 1972. Since the Enlightenment, freedom of expression has been regarded as one of the hallmarks of Western democratic societies. In the 20th Century, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights laid down the global principle that: "everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers."From the Enlightenment, the ideas of Milton, Locke, Mill and Jefferson developed into a classical paradigm of free speech which went largely unquestioned for over two hundred years. The modern globalised world has seen an end to such assumptions. The uproar and violence over both "The Satanic Verses" and the Danish "Jyllands Posten" cartoons raised the question of whether freedom of expression - from a global perspective, most specifically an Islamic one - is an outdated legacy of Western Enlightenment or a vital and necessary tradition which must be protected.Increasingly, the dominance of global media organisations and their responsibility to reporting the facts has led to calls for legislation for corporate freedom of expression. And, meanwhile, all pervasive, is the Internet, the new home for individual expression and the new home for the effective dissemination of religious and racial hatred and criminal sexual deviance. "Censoring the Word" asks if we now live in an age when freedom of expression can no longer be absolute.

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