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International broadcasters: freedom of expression on development agenda

In preparation for the global development framework intended to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals, an alliance of international broadcasters urges that freedom of expression, independent media and access to information be included in the post-2015 Development Goals.

Human development in the coming decades will depend on people’s access to information. Ground-breaking new media and other technologies are enabling major expansion of economic, social and political progress

We believe that freedom of expression and access to independent media are essential to democratic and economic development. Freedom of speech and the media are means to advance human development and are ends in their own right.

We, the undersigned, therefore call on the Open Working Group to fully integrate the governance recommendations of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report (A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development) into the proposed post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in relation to its recommendations to:

Establish a specific goal to “ensure good governance and effective institutions”.
Include as components of this goal a clause to "ensure people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information" and to "guarantee the public's right to information and access to government data".

The alliance of broadcasters are: Australian Broadcasting Cooperation (ABC), British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC), Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Deutsche Welle (DW), France Médias Monde (FMM), Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK), Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW).

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