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Prime Minister receives Journalists'Union delegation

Published the:  30/01/2011

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January 31, 2011 - TAP - Interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi received here on Sunday a delegation of the executive committee of the National Journalists' Union SNJT, led by Chairman Néji Bghouri.
According to the statement published by the Journalists' Union, this meeting turned on several issues relating notably to the role of the media in reinforcing the revolution gains and securing the success of the democratic process. It also provided the occasion to discuss several urgent issues regarding the media institutions having difficulties. The PM said that all the measures had been taken to provide the necessary support to the staff of "Dar El-Amal" pending to rule on the fate of this prestigious institution. The union delegation affirmed in turn that the freedom of the press, of expression and of opinion is a sine qua non condition to secure the success of the revolution and the democratic transition.
The delegation members indeed declared: « There can be no real reform in matters of information without the participation of journalists represented by their union, since the journalists should know the sector needs and are the most capable of finding the adequate solutions to their problems. They also stressed the need to secure journalists' rights at both material and moral levels and to provide them with the necessary guarantees to fulfil their mission in freedom and respect of the profession ethics.
The delegation expressed as well care for all the media institutions experiencing difficulties such as « Dar El-Amal » and other media companies which were owned by people close to the ousted president, to make sure that they carry on their activities.
In the same context, the delegation members stressed the urgent need to secure the rights of journalists, staff and management of Tunisia's external communication agency ATCE and to let the union share in all the initiatives aimed to restructuring these two institutions.
Finally the members of the SNJT executive committee informed the prime minister of the latest developments within the union and notably the decision made at the last general assembly to hold an extraordinary congress as soon as the lists of members for this year are completed.

The union delegation reaffirmed the care of all Tunisian journalists to give concrete expression to their strategic claim to set up a union of Tunisian journalists. The PM's response to this claim was favourable as long as it expresses the ambitions of journalists.