[IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @ Netmundial - Civil Society major issues

Anne Jellema anne at webfoundation.org
Tue Apr 15 17:33:24 EEST 2014

Jeanette, thanks - the example serves your purpose of illustrating the
complexity of positioning  in the textual negotiations. On a side note,
though, I'm surprised to hear you say that you have opposed free flow of
information on grounds that it is not a human right. Article 19 of the UDHR
states that:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right
includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and *to seek,
receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless
of frontiers*.



On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Jeanette Hofmann <jeanette at wzb.eu> wrote:

> Hi,
> Am 15.04.2014 14:54, schrieb parminder:
>> Not only net neutrality has been removed,
> 'free flow of information' which figured twice in the earlier (leaked)
> draft has been removed from both places..
> in my capacity as a HLMC member I have spoken up against free flow of
> information in the human rights section because free flow of information is
> not a human right. Ironically, someone from the business sector objected to
> removing this term from the human rights section.
> I am reporting this to illustrate that the negotiation of the text hasn't
> always followed the distribution of power and interest that some on this
> list may assume. The draft document represents victories and defeats on all
> sides.
> jeanette
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