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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Propaganda for War, Prohibition

Michael G Kearney

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 June 2021

Propaganda for war — Self-defence

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The prohibition of propaganda for war ranks amongst the least developed or discussed provisions of international human rights law. Despite Art. 20 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) (‘ICCPR’) requirement that ‘any Propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law’, there is little jurisprudence on the subject, and the prohibition tends to be accorded little more than a footnote in the academic literature.2 The rationale for including a prohibition of propaganda for war in the ICCPR stemmed from the experiences of World War II,...
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