European Broadcasting Union (EBU), February 01, 2005 – 2005/02/01
The Europe Group, joined together on 1 last February, adopted an EBU Briefing Paper on the UNESCO preliminary Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions. The Paper places particular emphasis on the need to: Clarify the legitimacy of national policies to preserve and promote cultural diversity and media pluralism; Recognize the important role of public service institutions, and in particular public service broadcasting; Safeguard the freedom and pluralism of the media; and Clarify the relationship with international trade law so as to improve the coherence of international governance.
The EBU plans to use this document as a basis for lobbying in favour of adopting the draft UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. [05-09]