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Media landscape at heart of meeting between Youssef Chahed and HAICA delegation

Published the:  02/08/2017

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(TAP) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed stressed the need to coordinate more with state institutions on issues related to the audiovisual landscape, including the issue of unlicensed broadcasting.

He insisted on the follow-up of the various issues related to audiovisual information, speaking of the ambiguity surrounding the entry into the territory of live broadcasting equipment without prior authorization from the HAICA.

Youssef Chahed received on Tuesday at Dar Dhiafa in Carthage, a delegation of the High Broadcasting Authority (French: HAICA) led by its president Nouri Lajmi and Minister of Relations with the Constitutional Institutions Mehdi Ben Gharbia.

The meeting focused on the draft law on broadcasting communication.

The HAICA delegation stressed the importance of unified legislation to govern the sector, unlike the approach of the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Institutions which favours its fragmentation, hence the resulting tension between the HAICA and the department.

According to a statement issued by the HAICA on Wednesday, the meeting also focused on the reform of the public media and the appointment of a new CEO of Tunisian television. That position has been vacant since last June.

HAICA members also reiterated their call for the attachment of Zitouna Radio (confiscated) to the National Radio Corporation to keep it away from partisan politics and any form of instrumentalisation.

Members of the HAICA delegation also called for free broadcasting for non-profit community media and reduction of the tax for regional media facing difficulty.

They advocated diversified regional information that highlight the cultural, social, political and economic aspects of the regions.