World Charter of Free Media

By World Forum on Free Media - 2015

A World Charter of Free Media in support of “communication that is both pluralistic and engaged” was adopted by participants at the 4th World Forum on Free Media, 22-28 March 2015, Tunis. The forum was organized in the framework of the World Social Forum 2015. The charter marks the culmination of a process begun in 2013 “as a new starting point to continue building an emancipatory movement among activists concerned with information, communication and technologies.”

The common principles of the charter are:

  1. Freedom of expression for everyone, the right to information and communication, and free access to knowledge are fundamental human rights.
  2. Democratic information and communication is a fundamental condition for the exercising of democracy.
  3. Information and communication are essential tools in mobilizations and struggles seeking respect for human rights.Information and communication platforms are common goods.
  4. Their use and management should address the concerns of general interest and pluralism, prioritizing popular participation.

Find the Charter here.

By World Forum on Free Media| 2015


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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