The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Hussein Onn, has called on Third World countries to sever their dependence on news agencies of developed countries, and to set up a new communications order.
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Hussein Onn, has called on Third World countries to sever their dependence on news agencies of developed countries, and to set up a new communications order. The Malaysian leader was speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur on communication policies in Asia and Oceania.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from twenty-three countries and several international news agencies are attending the ten-day meeting whichon Wednesday (14 February). The conference is sponsored jointly by the United Nations and the Malaysian Government.
Delegates are debating the role of national news agencies and the media in helping promote national development -- especially in the fields of education, science and culture. When the conference ends, members of the Organisation of Asian News Agencies will hold a follow-up meeting to discuss the pooling of news on national development in their countries.
Prime Minister Datuk Hussein delivered a hard-hitting address, saying that the communications policies of many developing countries were still "of the colonial past". He urged delegates to break away from this pattern and give serious thought to a new comminations order, consistent with present conditions.
He said that many developing countries -- including Malaysia -- were often at the mercy of powerful, abundantly financed, and strongly entrenched news agencies belonging to the developed countries. Mr. Datuk Hussein said it was time Third World countries corrected these serious imbalances.