International Observance: World Television Day

In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Nov. 21, as World Television Day commemorating the date in which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996.

Opposition to this declaration took the form of 11 abstentions to a vote on the resolution, and in expressing their opposition, the delegation from Germany said:

“There are already three United Nations days encompassing similar subjects: World Press Freedom Day; World Telecommunication Day; and World Development Information Day. To add another day does not make much sense… Television is only one means of information and an information medium to which a considerable majority of the world population has no access… That vast majority could easily look at World Television Day as a rich man’s day. They do not have access to television. There are more important information media and here I would mention radio in particular. We think it is more important to enhance the role of those media than that of television.

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