Monday, December 13, 2004

UNESCO Workshop supports Public Broadcasting Independence in Asia

“The principle of editorial independence should be guaranteed by law and executed through regulation”, said the participants in a UNESCO supported regional seminar on public service broadcasting, which was recently organized in Bangkok by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development.

The participants called on the organizers to promote the public service broadcasting principles in such international negotiations as the GATT, WSIS and UNESCO convention on cultural diversity for the benefit of the people in the region.

The seminar brought together some 30 representatives of South and Southeast Asia, who agreed on the need to persuade decision-makers, policy-makers, legislators, regulators and operators that editorially independent public service broadcasting is of crucial importance in a democratic society and to maintain the diversity in the broadcasting sector.

Source: UNESCO, 09/12/04