Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Adeno Addis

First Page



This Article will use the term propaganda in its negative sense and explore its impact on developing nations' capacity for self-determination. Following a brief suggestion about a workable definition in Part II, Part III isolates the particular threat that propaganda poses for developing nations. Part IV then surveys the fractured history of international propaganda regulation. Part V examines the relationship between self-determination and propaganda, with specific reference to disinformation and what will be termed "structural propaganda." Individual state responses to propaganda are outlined in Part VI. Part VII explores the same issue on the international level and suggests the creation of an international right of correction as well as a mass media council. Part VIII explicitly links the right of correction and mass media council with the current international movement (primarily constituted by developing countries) for access to the international media. Indeed, this section argues that these two institutions--the right of correction and mass media council--must provide an integral part of the institutional framework through which developing countries may gain access to the international media. Finally, Part IX concludes that international solutions are available and should be adopted if developing nations are to escape the deleterious impact of propaganda.