Luca Solimeo's thesis. The role of mass media in the promotion of the right to food and the agrarian reform in today's Brazil. 2003

European Master on Human Rights and Democratisation Academic Year 2002-2003
Author: Solimeo Luca
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
The role of mass media in the promotion of
the right to food and the agrarian reform
in today’s Brazil

Freedom of expression and the media coverage of the MST
in the pre-Lula and post Lula’s election period

The main object of this research is to analyze the function of mass media and the role of information on the topic of agrarian reform and "food security" in Brazil. May freedom of expression and right to access mass media, traditionally seen as civil and political rights, contribute to the realization of right to food and right to land, more properly defined as economic and social rights? What is the role of information and mass media regarding the implementation of art.11 of International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and art. 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirm the right of everyone to adequate standard of living and right to food? May free information and involvement of public opinion contribute to “accelerate” the realization and the respect of right to food? The issue will be discussed through the analysis of the specific case of the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST).
The MST represents the most important civil society movement committed toward the implementation of agrarian reform in Brazil, one of the countries with the highest level of land concentration in the world. The study will analyze an historical period for Brazil, which is the transition from the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso toward the government of the former trade unionist Lula Ignàcio da Silva and his Zero Hunger program.

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Il ruolo dei mass media nella promozione del diritto all'alimentazione e della riforma agraria in Brasile
Libertà d'espressione e la copertura mediatica del Movimento dos Sem Terra tra Cardoso e Lula
Sintesi in lingua italiana della stessa ricerca, presentata nell'ultimo convegno su "Le sfide etiche della comunicazione" tenutosi a Belo Horizonte il 3 settembre 2003.

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