International relations today are characterized by a web of relationships, firstly between states and international intergovernmental organizations, and secondly between natural and juridical persons of different nationalities and non-governmental organizations. The first group of legal relationships is governed by principles and norms of public international law, and the second by principles and norms of private international law. We shall consider the right to communicate from the standpoint of public international law. Juridically speaking, the right to communicate partakes of the nature of national (domestic) law, and this concept cannot therefore be used in a system of public international law. In the developing law of international mass information, it is more appropriate to use the concept the right to inform which stems from political, social and technical factors which necessarily affect the material of the right in question.