A New Beginning

By Desmond Fisher - 2002

The author reviews the contributions of Jean d'Arcy to the development of the right to communicate, noting that the distinctive mark of the d'Arcy work was that it was based 'not on legislative but on ethical and sociological principles'. The several Unesco initiatives are chronicled, including the work of the MacBride Commission that 'put two-way communication at the centre of the new right.' He suggests several next steps including a new series of meetings to debate carefully key issues of the right including the emphasis on interaction and the means for guaranteeing this right. Finally, he raises the question of legitimate limitations that might be placed on the exercise of the right.
Invited paper prepared for www.righttocommunicate.org (2002) PDF.


By Desmond Fisher| 2002
Categories:  Landmarks


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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