International Association for Media and Communication Research

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International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) "is the worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. Its members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical research in the field. Its objectives include strengthening and encouraging the participation of new scholars, women, and those from economically disadvantaged regions, including researchers from African, Asian and South and Central American countries." [1]



"The history of the IAMCR goes back to the first years of Unesco. Its Committee on Technical Needs in the Mass Media drafted in 1946 a constitution for an “International Institute of the Press and information, designed to promote the training of journalists and the study of press problems throughout the world”. The United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information, held in 1948 at Geneva, took note of the proposal and resolved that such an Institute could be conducive to the improvement of the quality of information, requesting “the Economic and Social Council to invite Governments and professional organizations, national and international, to examine together the possibility of implementing this proposal and, if it is found practicable, to co-operate in carrying it out”.

"Actively involved in the 1948 UN conference were Fernand Terrou (who became the first president of the IAMCR), Jacques Kayser (a vice-president) and Jacques Bourquin (president from 1964 to 1972). They also played an important role in the drafting of Article 19 on freedom of information of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights." [2]



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  1. About, IAMCR, accessed June 20, 2008.
  2. IAMCR history in a nutshell, IAMCR, accessed June 20, 2008.