The five laws of media and information literacyWe are moving towards universality of access to books, the Internet and all forms of “knowledge containers”. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) for all is at the heart of many human rights and should be recognized as such. UNESCO therefore proposes the following five media and information literacy laws.

They are inspired by the five laws of librarianship developed by SR Ranganathan in 1931. The five laws of the MIL serve as a guide, like other UNESCO resources, for all actors involved in the implementation of the MIL in all its aspects.

For more background on the five laws of the MIL, please refer to the relevant chapter in the following publication: Media and information literacy: strengthening human rights, fighting radicalization and extremism (English only).

Law 1

Information, communication, libraries, media, technology, the Internet and other information providers are intended to be used in the service of critical citizen engagement and sustainable development. They are all equally important. None is more relevant than another or should be considered as such. Read more


source: UNESCO