Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
In This Section


International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Albright, Kendra S. / Bothma, Theo J.D.

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 0.400
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.507

CiteScore 2016: 0.68

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.489
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 1.016

See all formats and pricing
In This Section
Volume 53, Issue 3 (Jan 2003)


A Moral Reflection on the Information Flow From South to North: an African Perspective

Johannes J. Britz / Peter J. Lor
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2003.160

In most discussions of the digital divide, the emphasis is on assisting developing nations by facilitating the flow of information resources from the developed countries to the developing – a North-South flow. The South-North flow of information receives less attention. A number of moral questions arise from the current state of South-North information flow, six forms of which are analysed in this paper with particular reference to Africa. The discussion is approached from an ethical perspective based on a specific moral framework based on three moral claims: (1) there exist universal information-related human rights – the right of freedom of access to information, the right of freedom of expression, and the right of individuals and groups to control the information they have generated; (2) the notion of a common good, predicated on a moral community which shares certain values, imposes an obligation to share information; and (3) justice is the main normative tool that can be used to regulate the flow of information.

About the article

Johannes J. Britz (DD), Professor in Information Science, School of Information Technology, University of Pretoria. Tel +27 (0)12 420-2962. Fax +27 (0)12 3625181. E-mail:

Received: 2003-02-11

Received: 2002-05-13

Accepted: 2003-04-03

Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2003-09-01

Citation Information: Libri, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2003.160. Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Peter Johan Lor and Johannes Britz
International Information & Library Review, 2005, Volume 37, Number 2, Page 61
Kay Mathiesen
Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 2014, Volume 29, Number 1, Page 2
Africa Bibliography, 2004, Volume 2003, Page 87
Torill Aagot Halvorsen
International Review of Education, 2012, Volume 58, Number 3, Page 313
J.J. Britz, P.J. Lor, I.E.M. Coetzee, and B.C. Bester
The International Information & Library Review, 2006, Volume 38, Number 1, Page 25
Peter Johan Lor and Johannes Britz
The International Information & Library Review, 2005, Volume 37, Number 2, Page 61
Journal of International Communication, 2010, Volume 16, Number 2, Page 9
Peter Limb
Africa Bibliography, 2006, Volume 2005, Page vii
Johannes J. Britz
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2008, Volume 59, Number 7, Page 1171
Peter Limb
Africa Today, 2005, Volume 52, Number 2, Page 2
Stephen O'Connor and Peter Johan Lor
Library Management, 2005, Volume 26, Number 1/2, Page 63

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in