Every year the regional master’s programmes of Global Campus of Human Rights select the best master theses of the previous academic year. The selected seven GC master theses cover a range of different international human rights topics and challenges. Adding to the GC master theses, are selections of Master’s theses which most programmes award on a yearly basis
Browsing Awarded Theses by Author "Amanatullah, Samy"
(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2018)
Amanatullah, Samy; Gardikiotis, Antonis
Liberal democracy has struggled to respond to so-called fake news.
The term is used to describe content and discredit the media, and it is
increasingly seen as the tool of illiberal actors. This research examines
how fake news targets human rights through a critical discourse analysis
of demonstrably false headlines in four environments: the United States,
Italy, Greece and Ukraine.
This research defines fake news as disinformation or disingenuous
content that is disseminated to persuade as an agenda. It then examines
relevant social theories, enabling features and motivated actors to
suggest that disinformation functions through repetition and peripheral
processing that exploit existing scepticism and social tensions in the
This study collects headlines and headline-adjacent content from factchecking
sites in four countries, codes them according to sociological
implications and analyses them through social discourse theory. It finds
that disinformation targets social movements and multi-culturalism
by discrediting actors and presenting the human rights regime as
disingenuous and oppressive. Disinformation frames illiberal behaviour
as positive transformative action and co-opts the rhetoric of the human
rights regime to further arguments rooted in new racism.