Freedom of information in question


Freedom of information in international law and the calls for a New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO)

Inger Österdahl

Upplaga : 1
År : 1992
ISBN : 9176782255
Sidor : 303

Denna bok är slutsåld.

Freedom of information is a vital element of democracy. According to the UN General Assembly, it is the touchstone of all freedoms to which the UN is consecrated. The human right to freedom of information consists of the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any media and regardless of frontiers. This book analyzes the import of freedom of information under various international legal instruments, universal and regional.

In the 1970s the Third World countries, supported by the Soviet bloc, began to question the prevailing information order. They wanted to replace it with a New World Information and Communication Order. The new order would entail increased state responsibility for the activities the mass media and the imposition of international guidelines for media content. One result of the demands for a new information order was the Mass Media Declaration adopted by Unesco in 1978.

The debate on freedom of information took yet another turn in the 1980s. This book shows how the debate has evolved to date and answers the question how the demands for a New World Information and Communication Order have affected the existing international law in this field.

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