General Assembly Resolution # 155
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Free Press
Proposed by: Broughdom
Nations of the World Assembly,
Believing that all citizens of World Assembly member nations should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and be educated about affairs in their own nation along with international affairs;
Defining a media technology to be any technology used for mass communication of information, including but not limited to the Internet, television, newspapers, and radio;
Further defining news media to be those elements of the mass media that focus on delivering information on current events to the general public;
Clarifying that an international news media organisation is one which has a permanent, primary base in any World Assembly nation other than the one being referenced;
Calls upon all World Assembly member nations to begin following the guidelines below to ensure a fair and free press;
- Section I - Reporting
Nations will allow national news media organisations to utilise all available media technologies to report news from and to areas inside their own borders, as well as from any other World Assembly nation.
International news media organisations can only operate from within a nation's borders (ie. utilising available media technologies to report news) when given explicit permission to do so, and are subject to the same laws which apply to national news media organisations.
Nations are encouraged to allow reporters from international news media organisations which do not operate from within their borders entry to the nation to report news back to their own nation.
Section II - Accessibility & Censorship
Citizens will not be banned from accessing any news sources from news media organisations operating both within and outside the nation's borders.
Reports from news media organisations operating within the nation's borders can only be censored if they pose a genuine threat to the security of the nation. Otherwise they are free to report news in accordance with any national freedom of expression laws and broadcasting codes of conduct.
Section III - Additional
Clarifies that nations are otherwise free to control the availability of all media technologies as they see fit, except where other legislation in this field affects this right.