Many Voices, One Vision: The Right to Communicate in Practice

By Philip Lee - 2004

Many Voices, One Vision edited by Philip Lee asks 'What does the right to communicate mean to millions of people marginalized by the political and economic self-interests of the North?' How is concentration of media ownership threatening political activism and cultural diversity? What needs to be done to tackle the causes of the digital divide? How can the right to communicate guarantee equal access and participation in democratic decison-making? Why is it important to place safeguards on who owns and generates information and knowledge?

Seven chapters include 'Grounding the human right to communicate' by Cees J. Hamelink; 'The right to communicate: For whom?' by Judith Vidal-Hall; 'Exclusion or inclusion: Linguistic human rights for linguistic minorities' by Ulla Aikio-Puoskari and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas; 'The right to write: Gender-based censorship and the right to communicate in India' by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Lalitha Kumari, Ritu Menon and Gouri Salvi; 'Malaysian women in the information society: Opportunities and challenges' by Wang Lay Kim; 'Communicating truth in the midst of authoritarianism: Radio's potential for mediation in Latin America" by Rolando Pérez; and 'Human rights, participatory communication and cultural freedom' by Jan Servaes.

Published by Southbound, Penang, Malaysia (2004).

By Philip Lee| 2004


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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