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Communication and Information

Knowledge Societies – Infoethics – Freedom of the Press – Media Development

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." (Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Access to information and knowledge for all, the use of information technology as a stimulus to development and promotion of freedom of the press – these are the aims of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Programme. It is keeping an ever closer eye on the consequences of the rapid development of information and communication technologies.

The demands of modern knowledge societies lie at the heart of the programme. Four goals are to be achieved in inclusive "knowledge societies": freedom of expression, access to information and knowledge, education for all and cultural diversity.

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