Overt Intentions and Covert Agendas: Discourse on Formulating Communication Policies and Planning in Third World Countries

By Ank Linden - 2008

There is a problem in achieving coherence between the design of an alternative approach to development, the formulation of national communication policies and the strength of existing power structures in Third World countries. This article highlights the gap between preconceived communication policies and planning perspectives and the constraints on their realization. As development is only an option that a society takes at a particular historical moment, it reflects on the division in societal structures, and presents a typology of the main leadership structures in Third World countries. Governmental authorities in Third World countries often seem to be more interested in maintaining the status quo than in strengthening the communication capacity of the people. Delay in resolving the problem of information and communication inequality is an inevitable consequence. This calls for a review of fundamental human rights principles and the obligations of all UN members to guarantee freedom of expression and information, and equal access to information and communication channels.

International Communication Gazettevol. 61 no. 2 153-174

By Ank Linden| 2008
Categories:  Communication Policy


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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