The 2003 Graham Spry Memorial Lecture: Toward a Human Right to Communicate?

By Cees J. Hamelink - 2004

Current international human rights standards cover mainly the dissemination of information, the consultation of information, and the registration of information. Practically all human rights provisions refer to communication as the “transfer of messages.” This reflects an outdated conception of communication as “distribution.” Communication is interaction: a process of personal and public dialogue! The shift from distribution to interaction requires the adaptation of human rights standards to the new reality of global interactive technologies and the emergence of networking in many social domains.

Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 29 (2004) 205-212. PDF.


By Cees J. Hamelink| 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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