Communication is an essential human need and a fundamental social necessity. Its central core is the philosophical notion of intersubjectivity, which implies communication in freedom, equality and solidarity.
This article first explains the origin of the concept of communication as a right, referring to its main articulation in the MacBride Report and through debate in UNESCO, concluding by highlighting some difficulties which need to be taken up.
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.