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How can the media ensure it lives up to its responsibility to respect human rights? [UK]

Author: Salil Tripathi, Institute for Human Rights and Business, Published on: 13 July 2011

Disclosures concerning actions taken by…News of the World…have caused many to call for a fundamental reordering of the media industry. News Corp has become the…target for the outrage…News Corp’s shareholders have launched legal action against the company’s management…The company faces the risks of legal prosecution and compensation claims…The right to privacy and the right to speak…can sometimes clash, and both rights have limits…As providers of information, it is in the interest of media companies to argue for unfettered free expression. But most countries place some restrictions on this right…However…sometimes journalists act with impunity, violating individual privacy…Now there are calls for greater regulation of the media…Understanding the UN framework is a good place to start…[refers to Sun, Sunday Times, News International, BSkyB, New York Times, Guardian]

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Related companies: British Sky Broadcasting Guardian Media New York Times News UK (part of News Corporation) Sun Newspaper (UK) (part of News Corporation)