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Government committed to respecting agreements with SNJT (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  01/08/2017

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(TAP) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed affirmed the commitment to implement the decisions he had announced for public media journalists on January 2017.

He assured that the situation of many professionals is being regularised, in collaboration with the Union of Journalists (SNJT).

The government supports the confiscated media that are facing difficulties and is committed to upholding the rights of employees who respect professional ethics, The President of the Government was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the SNJT.

The President of the Government, who met with the union's Executive Board members on Tuesday, pledged to implement the journalists' housing project as soon as possible and to implement the decision on granting journalists 5 pc of advertising revenue under the next budget law.

The Executive Board members of the SNJT, for their part, affirmed their attachment to a free and independent press, reiterating their support for the State’s efforts in the fight against corruption.

They called for the permanent abandonment of Circular No. 4 on the right of access to public information.

Last January 14, Youssef Chahed went to the headquarters of the Union of Tunisian Journalists, where he announced 11 measures taken during an inner Cabinet meeting: - Establishing the governance of public advertising for print and electronic media through the creation of a committee setting the criteria for granting advertising and another committee for granting and distributing advertising,

- Dedicating 5 pc of the revenues of the public advertisement to the staff association of Tunisian journalists.

- Adopting the system of direct subscription of public institutions to newspapers and periodicals, in accordance with Article 49 of the decree organising public procurement

- Reducing, over a period of three years, broadcasting costs for private radio and television stations in difficulty.

This reduction will be made from 2017. Six months free of charge will be granted to media institutions concerned with rescheduling of their debts with the National Office of Television Broadcasting for a period of up to 10 years after study and subtraction of late penalties:

20 pc for radios broadcasting on Greater Tunis and in most regions

50 pc for regional radios

20 pc for private televisions

- Publishing, before the end of February 2017, a special decree for contracts for the acquisition of audiovisual productions at the Tunisian Television Corporation,

- Establishing a clear vision on the organisation of the activities of TV production companies, by drawing on international standards and consulting with representatives of the profession and the relevant ministerial departments,

- Considering the file of SNIPE-La Presse.

- Completing the sale of the two confiscated establishments "Assabah" and "Shems FM" before September 2017 while guaranteeing the rights of all staff members,

- Implementing the agreement on the regularisation of the situation of journalists working in the regional offices of the Tunisian Radio,

- Providing a lot of land to the Union for the realization of a housing project for the benefit of journalists.

A committee consisting of representatives of the Prime Ministry, the Ministries of Public Works, Housing and Spatial Planning and the State Secretariat for Land Affairs will be set up for this purpose.

-Finishing off procedures allowing the SNJT to become the owner of the current premises of the Union.