July 2005

Right to Communicate

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It would seem that while we remember the 25th anniversary of the MacBride Report on communication and information, there is not much to celebrate. UNESCO led 25 years ago the highest and largest assault against the hegemonic control of information flows by industrialised countries, the United States in particular. The international organisation achieved early in the 1980s the establishment of regional news agencies capable of counteracting, in a rather small measure, the abundant flow of news distributed through the AP (Associated Press), the most powerful still today, and the UPI (United Press International) which disappeared in the mid eighties. At a given time both agencies carried 90% of the flow of news worldwide. UNESCO contributed to the creation of ALASEI (Agencia Latinoamericana de Servicios Especiales de Informaci

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