ERIC Number: ED232171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Problem of International Discourse: Search for Cultural, Moral and Ethical Imperatives.
Babbili, Anantha Sudhaker
The flow of news and information across national boundaries has been, for the last decade, a major issue in United Nations international policy debates. These debates have highlighted the need for new legal instruments to govern world communications. In the current debate on information rights, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes one world for the purpose of receiving and imparting information as an individual right. Although many nations accept in principle the right to receive and impart information across national boundaries, there is a substantial disagreement about the responsibilities of individuals, groups, and nations. The concept of the right to communicate has thus arisen, with two perspectives prominent in its formulation: a comprehensive perspective on morals and ethics, the content of culture, and implicit right to communicate; and a multi-tiered perspective based on the assumption that communication needs in any democratic society must be rooted in specific rights. The concept of the right to communicate perhaps offers the possibility of wider accord on the rights and responsibilities of the mass media, and could provide the kind of ethical and even legal framework for solving problems in international and national communication. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Unesco; Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).