The so-called 'de-colonialisation of information' was to be one of the major objectives of a large conference that began at Sarajevo, in Yugoslavia on Thursday (27 October).
The so-called 'de-colonialisation of information' was to be one of the major objectives of a large conference that began at Sarajevo, in Yugoslavia on Thursday (27 October). It was the first conference of the Broadcasting Organisations of Non-Aligned countries.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from many parts of the world had travelled to Sarajevo for the conference. They were to discuss methods of bringing the broadcasting organisations of their non-aligned countries closer to the sophisticated levels of those in the more developed nations. Some of the countries represented say their present broadcasting systems are 'antiquated remnants of colonialism', and just not good enough either technologically or in programme content.
A co-ordinating bureau for non-aligned countries was established in 1973, and it decided earlier this year to hold this conference.
Conference chairman, Mr Franko Winter, read a message of welcome from Yugoslav President Josip Tito. President Tito could not be present as he was reportedly suffering from fatigue and doctors had ordered him to rest.
The conference was to last for three days. Delegates were to discuss and adopt a declaration concerning the attitude of broadcasting organisations in their countries, as well as a programme of action. They say that at present most information comes from the more developed countries, and present a one-sided view, which is not always acceptable to non-aligned countries. For this reason, they hope to develop their own international news agency, and co-ordinate activities to help one another.
Delegates, who had been from countries as far apart as Algeria and Peru welcomed President Tito's message.