Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization | ColumbiaX on edX | Course About Video

Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization | ColumbiaX on edX | Course About Video

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one year after the end of a war that cost the life
of some 40 million people through genocide, famine,
and massacres, the United Nation, at its very
first General Assembly, adopted Resolution 59 (1) which
states that freedom of information is a fundamental human right and
the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United
Nation is consecrated. Fast forward to 2016, 70 years later. What has become of this
touchstone freedom? How have we progressed
in the realization of this fundamental human right to
be realized regardless of frontiers? I am Agnes Callamard, the Director
of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression,
an initiative that seeks to understand the international
and national institution and norms that best protect freedom of expression
in an interconnected global community. I am a human rights
expert with over 20 years experience working with civil society,
the United Nations, and academia. I have published widely in the field
of human rights, women’s rights, and accountability for
human rights violations. The Universal Declaration
of Human Rights in it’s Article 19 asserts that everyone
shall enjoy the right to freedom of opinion and expression. A right that is defined as a right
to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive,
and impart information and ideas through any medium,
and regardless of frontiers. Do you want to know more about
the international standard that protect freedom of expression? Do you want to learn how much
freedom does free speech entail? And when it can be
legitimately curtailed? Do you want to understand how internet,
and the information technology revolution has transformed the
realization of freedom of expression? Then you have come to the right place. Taught with the support of
journalists, press freedom activists, and human rights defenders, this
course is a formidable introduction to a complex human right at the
heart of many global controversies. From the Danish cartoon about
a major religious figure to the attack on French
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, from the execution of journalists
working in conflict zones to the imprisonment of those
reporting on terrorism, from censorship to the internet
firewall and government surveillance, these are just some
of the challenges that tell the remarkable 70 year journey of
freedom of expression and information.

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