Patents, Pills, and the Press

Patents, Pills, and the Press

The Rise and Fall of the Global HIV/AIDS Medicines Crisis in the News

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HIV/AIDS is a global health crisis of unprecedented proportions. Afflicting millions worldwide, its social, political, economic, and ethical dimensions have rendered explicit the vast inequalities of our «negatively globalized planet». Since the late 1990s, a major feature of the crisis has been the dispute over intellectual property protection and medicines access.
In this book, Thomas Owen examines the mediatization of this dispute. Weaving together contemporary media theory and interdisciplinary research with computer-assisted news analysis and interviews with journalists and civil society campaigners, the book illuminates the intersecting constitutive relationships between global crises, global governance, and global media. In a context of changing media technologies, logics, and practices, this book observes where the mediatized conflict surrounding global medicines access has at times consolidated elite political economic power, and at other times provided civil society campaigners their greatest opportunities for global social change.
With an interdisciplinary approach, this book is suitable for courses on global media communication and global journalism, as well as advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in public health communication, political communication, social movement studies, and international relations.

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This volume considers how the global crisis of HIV/AIDS medicines access and patent protection was portrayed in mainstream international news media from the mid-1990s on, focusing on the era of 1999-2001 and how news coverage represented the discourses of different special interest groups and the effects on the HIV/AIDS medicines access crisis. It analyzes news content, the perspectives of journalists and civil society communicators, and the broader political and economic processes involved to outline the phases and key events in the mediatization of this crisis. It describes the introduction of the connection between patent protection and HIV/AIDS medicines access in mainstream news coverage in 1999; how the lawsuit between pharmaceutical companies and the South African government in 2001 provided a way to present wider coverage of the medicines access crisis, as well as what occurred between the competing civil society campaign “patent” definition and the major pharmaceutical company “poverty” definition of the crisis; competing global and nation-centric definitions; subsequent changes in media coverage as patent protections increased; the media relations strategy of the “Access to Medicines” campaign; and the decline of coverage up to 2013. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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A major feature of the HIV/AIDS crisis has been the dispute over intellectual property protection and medicines access. Weaving together contemporary media theory and interdisciplinary research with news analysis and interviews with journalists and civil society campaigners, the book illuminates the intersecting constitutive relationships between global crises, global governance, and global media.
Considers how the global crisis of HIV/AIDS medicines access and patent protection was portrayed in mainstream international news media from the mid-1990s on, focusing on the era of 1999-2001 and how news coverage represented the discourses of different special interest groups and the effects on the HIV/AIDS medicines access crisis.

Publisher: New York :, Peter Lang,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781433123504
1433123509
1453915702
9781453915707
Characteristics: xi, 217 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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