Cultural diversity

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Sommet mondial sur la société de l'information (SMSI) - Commentaires sur les projets de Déclaration de principes et de Plan d'action

Union Européenne de Radio-Télévision (UER)

Suisse, 21 mars 2003 - 2003/03/21

EBU noted with satisfaction that the vital role of the electronic media in the development of the information society is beginning to be recognized in the WSIS Declaration and Action Plan. EBU is also pleased to see the inclusion of a number of points, including “freedom of expression” and the role of “independent, pluralist, and free media” as important means of fostering public information, societal development, and social cohesion; “cultural diversity” as a fundamental value; the creation of “local content” as a priority; and the continuing role of broadcasting in disseminating content in the information society. EBU believes that these points must be maintained, even strengthened if possible, along with the “central role of the media” and the importance for citizens of having access to “unbiased information and a wide range of content.”
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