Unilateral coercive measures counteract UNESCO’s CI foundational principles

GPTT’s co-founder, Dr. Mohammad Sadegh Emamian attended the meeting of UNESCO’s CI Commission as a part of the 42nd General Conference on November 13 and 14 in Paris. As the head of the CI committee in the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, he expressed his concerns about “unilateral coercive measures that a UNESCO member state has imposed on some other countries including Iran,” and warned against “active content moderation and political censorship role that transnational digital platforms are playing now instead of sovereign states, based on so-called corporate rules.” Following the negotiations with delegations from various countries such as the US, Russia, the UK, Cuba, China, Australia, and Germany, the Iranian proposal was mentioned in the Commission’s final report stating a clause “recognising the negative effect of the Unilateral Coercive Measures on the accomplishment of the universal access to information.”

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