|Submitted||Sept. 8, 2020|
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
I am searching for any files related to the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), also known as the Asociación Internacional de Estudios en Comunicación Social (AIECS) and/or the Association Internationale des Etudes et Recherches sur L’Information et la Communication (AIERI).
IAMCR has its roots in the early years of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The first constituent assembly of the organization took place in December of 1957. Through the Cold War period, the organization was active in promoting international communication rights, particularly those of developing nations. Of particular note is the “One World, Many Voices” publication (otherwise known as the MacBride Commission Report), which provided the inspiration for the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO). The United States viewed the NWICO movement as detrimental to its interests as well as freedom of the press, and it eventually withdrew its membership from UNESCO in 1984.
Therefore, I am seeking any documents related to the United States government's assessment of the organization's activities. This may also include information about agents who were recruited by (or assigned by) your agency to gather intelligence on the organization or its members.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
An interim response, stating the request is being processed.
The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.