This book spans two historical periods that are usually treated separately: the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO) on the one hand, and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on the other.
The citizens of at least 90 countries and territories now have laws enabling them to obtain government records and other information. So, what does it mean to have a ‘right to information’? Why is it important? What has been its impact?
This book provides an overview of the right to information, focusing on the trends, opportunities and threats which activists, bureaucrats, politicians and ordinary people will find useful.
What are media observatories? What do they do? How do they contribute to better democracy, greater accountability, and social justice?
This book makes a significant contribution to the democratization of communication and the global debate around communication rights set firmly in the framework of human rights.
This book is a landmark contribution 'to an intellectual and multidisciplinary framework that will help better understand emerging issues in the practice of this complex human right.'