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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - A Commentary edited by Hohmann, Jessie; Weller, Marc (22nd March 2018)

Part III Rights to Culture, Ch.12 Media: Article 16

Daniel Joyce

From: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary

Edited By: Jessie Hohmann, Marc Weller

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Media, freedom

This chapter assesses Article 16's protection of the right to indigenous media, and to the participation of indigenous peoples in mainstream media. This dimension of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is significant for a number of reasons, but principally because it breaks new ground in conceptualizing ‘media rights’ not so much in terms of the traditional approach to freedom of expression or even media freedom, but rather in terms of the ability of rights holders to participate in mainstream media, and also to create and participate in indigenous media. Thus, questions of access, institutional frameworks, development concerns, and equity — which hover in the background of freedom of expression provisions — are brought front and centre.

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