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A New Role for Electronic Media in the Information Society
Participants discussed the role that electronic media ought to play in the information society.
There was broad consensus that a fair global information society needs alternative global electronic media that are independent of partisan national, regional or commercial interests. Respecting all human cultures and identities as equally important, regardless of where they are located.
Therefore, participants encouraged the Global Television Initiative to set up a global television service that
would create space for global dialogue on the basis of comprehensive information presented from a global perspective. Such a service would provide programming credible to the majority of world citizens, bridging gaps between continents and cultures.
For the same reasons, participants welcome projects that promote a fairer flow of information
from the South on social development and humanitarian issues, such as the dev.tv project.
Furthermore, participants appealed to public service broadcasters worldwide to promote democratic and social development; to this end, they welcomed the initiative of the World Radio and Television Council to set international standards and to establish a certifying system for public broadcasting services.
New electronic media can play a vital role in the Information Society.
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