• Short Summary

    In Paris, delegates from every part of the world stood and applauded at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference to signify their acceptance of a compromise declaration on the mass media.

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    In Paris, delegates from every part of the world stood and applauded at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference to signify their acceptance of a compromise declaration on the mass media. It had been bogged down for some time and the eventual consensus was the product of many hours of negotiation between Western and developing countries.

    SYNOPSIS: It was also triumph for UNESCO Director General, Amadou Mahtar M'Bow of Senegal, who intervened at the last moment to bring about agreement. Mr M'Bow's final text was far removed from the original Soviet-supported draft calling for national legislation and government controls over the media, which was shelved in Nairobi two years ago. After a plenary meeting at the UNESCO building in Paris on Saturday (25 November), Mr M'Bow spoke to newsmen about the declaration.

    The Director General said he hoped that the adoption of the declaration would mark a historic moment in the history of UNESCO. He went on to say that it didn't have as its objective the idea of dictating to people -- and especially not the media -- and that he had made this point clear from the outset.

    Mr M'Bow added that the declaration pulled together certain principles and within its framework he hoped that these would be considered morally acceptable to those who are involved in the workings of the mass media. He said that in this way the document could become effective.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA412NV5WVUU0J53D0065J7AFUC
    Media URN:
    VLVA412NV5WVUU0J53D0065J7AFUC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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