brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3 (2010) 101–119 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187398609X12584657078240 Enriching or Impoverishing Discourse on Rights? Talk about Freedom of Expression on Arab Television* Naomi Sakr University of Westminster Email: email@example.com Abstract Th ere is more to the denial of freedom of expression than outright censorship. Th e right to freedom of expression is interdependent with, and indivisible from, other rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To discuss freedom of expression narrowly as if it were self-contained, and to conceal the issues, processes, and conﬂ icts implicit in its achievement, can be seen as a hegemonic strategy that serves relations of domination. Th ree sets of public exchanges analyzed here, conducted on and about Arab television against a background of growing international intolerance for free speech, arguably contributed to a narrow, reiﬁ ed understanding of freedom of expression. Th e ﬁ rst centered on a television drama serial, the second on cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and the third on the ambitions of a privately owned television station in Egypt. Since freedom of expression was repeatedly referred to in all three cases, it might be
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: INCITEMENT; DEFAMATION; HUMAN RIGHTS; INTERNATIONAL LAW; INSULT; CENSORSHIP
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