Beginning with the theoretical aspects of communication rights, the book deals with five case studies related to significant movements of our times, namely, the Right to Information, Free and Open Source Software, Women and Media, Community Radio, and Citizen Journalism. It also analyses the complexity of specific rights issues in India, such as women's rights, citizen activism and the role of media.
The book explores the processes through which ordinary citizens have developed spaces for self-expression-a concept synonymous with media democratisation. The author argues for the need for streamlining of communication rights movements in India and for an India-specific framework for communication rights.
|Foreword Prof Cees Hamelink|
|A Brief History of Communication Rights|
|A Philosophy of Communication Rights|
|Observations on the Theorising of Communication Rights in India|
|The Communication Rights of Refugees and Displaced People|
|The Right to Information Movement|
|The Community Radio Movement|
|The Women and Media Movement|
|The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Movement|
|The Citizen Journalism Movement|
|Postscript: On the Operationalisation of Communication Rights in India Today|