The right to communicate as seen in developing countries

By Ali Mohammad Shummo - 1977

It seems that the concept of the right to communicate will remain sophisticated and somewhat luxurious in most of the developing countries. My experience is confined to certain parts of East and North Africa whose great part belongs to Asia. Therefore I hope that my views will be interpreted accordingly. In the Arabian peninsula there were societies that had existed for centuries before the advent of Islam; it was a cradle of cultures and religions. The religion of Islam and the system of government it founded secured civil rights to an each individual in the state and defended his rights against any violation, even by the ruler. Among the rights were the right of expression, the right of opinion and right to be informed of what is happening. This background contributes today to appreciation of the right to communicate and those who exercise it.

By Ali Mohammad Shummo| 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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