The International Commission for the Study of Communications Problems was established by UNESCO in 1976 to investigate the nature of international media flows at the end of the 1970s, particularly relating to mass media and news. The commission delivered a report titled Many Voices, One World: Towards a New, More Just, and More Efficient World Information and Communication Order, and commonly known as the MacBride report, that criticized Western countries for sustaining a media system that thrives on the dependency of the developing world. Ever since its publication in 1980, the MacBride report has spurred debates on international imbalances and global inequality in the field of media and communication. This entry first discusses the historical context of the MacBride report. It then looks at the ...

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