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UNESCO clears way for East-West news project

UNESCO conference delegates here approved a resolution to clear the way for adoption of a project intended to improve and expand international communications.

The resolution incorporates concepts promoted by East and West after a long-running battle about the social and political role of the press. Western delegations had argued that some of the phrasing in the project could endanger press freedom.

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The project was warmly welcomed by third-world countries, who wanted a greater role for their own media in a world that they say has been dominated by Western media and international news organizations.

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