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Holy See/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

Although access to culture is an inalienable right to any human being, due to the special nature of the Vatican City, all cultural goods and industries inside the Vatican are the property of the Holy See, thus making them non profitable.

There are still some partnership programmes concerning the media. The Holy See produces the programme VTC Beyond 2000, in co-operation with the Vatican Television Centre (VTC) and the European Space Agency. This initiative seeks to establish low-cost satellite broadcasting of high-quality visual material to various countries and stations, including small local stations in the Third World. Another project, VTC Towards the Americas, involves the live satellite transmission of material to new local Catholic stations in the Americas.

In recent years, Vatican Radio has developed partnership programmes with various Catholic stations for the free transmission of its services at the grassroots level.

Chapter published: 26-11-2009

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