Assessing Communication Rights: A Handbook

In 2005 a handbook was developed for use by civil society organizations to evaluate the current state and ongoing dynamics of communication rights. It is available in English, French, and Spanish.

Assessing Communication Rights: A Handbook

Manuel d'évaluation des droits de la communication

Manual para la evaluación de los derechos a la comunicación

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"Communication rights are those rights that enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication in order to improve their lives. Communication rights are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child. Communication rights encompass freedom of expression, freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and knowledge. But they add to these freedoms, both for individuals and communities, the concepts of accessibility, participation, and cultural diversity. Communication rights include democratization of the media, protection of traditional means of communication, linguistic rights, and the right to enjoy the fruits of human creativity. These are questions of inclusion and exclusion, mutual respect, and human dignity."


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