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Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in a pluralistic world

Byrne, Alex (1999). Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in a pluralistic world. IFLA Journal,25(4):223-231.

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Title Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in a pluralistic world
Author Byrne, Alex
Journal Name IFLA Journal
Publication Date 1999
Volume Number 25
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0340-0352   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33847406254
Start Page 223
End Page 231
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Munchen: Verlag Documentation
Publisher International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
HERDC Category C3 - Journal Article - Non-refereed articles (including articles in professional journals) (internal)
Abstract The enormous population movements of the last century and a half have created a pluralistic world in which many faiths, races and languages intermingle. This is a world in which tolerance is crucial, a world in which respect for human rights is fundamental. These rights are expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and particularly Article 19 on freedom of expression and of access to information. What is the rôle of libraries in such a world? Is it simply to provide the information requested and to suppress that which is not favoured? In responding to the views of the societies and organisations in which they have been established, should libraries accept that some information may be restricted or even suppressed? Is it possible to adopt a tolerant and sensitive recognition of diversity while holding fast to a commitment to preserve and provide access to the documentary record? IFLA has responded to this challenge in regard to libraries and information by establishing IFLA/FAIFE, the committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, in August 1997.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/034003529902500405   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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