Direct broadcast satellites and the right of man to communicate

By Jean d'Arcy - 1977

The time will come when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will have to encompass a more extensive right than man's right to information, first laid down twenty-one years ago in Article 19. This is the right of man to communicate. This is the angle from which the future development of communications will have to be considered if it is to be fully understood. If we bear in mind that social structures are created for man and that any attempt to maintain them once they have outlived their usefulness is bound to end in violence, we shall see that the direct broadcast satellite and its associated technology will lead to infinitely greater communications possibilities, to a real right to communicate in all forms. On this road, time itself is of secondary importance; what counts is the will to get there in the end.

By Jean d'Arcy| 1977


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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