The Right to Communicate: Towards Explicit Recognition

By L.S. Harms - 2001

In 1969, Jean d'Arcy published an article in the EBU Review entitled Communication satellites and the right of man to communicate. The oft-quoted opening sentence of that article reads as follows: 'The time will come when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will have to encompass a more extensive right than man's right to information, first laid down 21 years ago in Article 19. This is the right of man to communicate.' (d'Arcy, 1969)

By L.S. Harms| 2001
Categories:  Concepts


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.


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