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Title: Access to Information as a Human Right
Author(s): Mathiesen, Kay
Subject(s): Rights human rights access to information ethics article 19 intellectual freedom
Abstract: Using the methods of philosophical analysis and argumentation, this paper delineates and defends the claim that access to information is a fundamental human right. A number of key distinctions and concepts are explained and clarified. The classic Hohfeldian (1919) analysis of rights is presented, making clear the important distinctions between privilege, liberty, and welfare rights. Human rights are placed within this framework and their moral foundation is articulated. The fundamental value of access to information is explained and defended. It is argued that public libraries play an important role in satisfying the human right to access.
Issue Date: 2009-02-08
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-03-24

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