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Essebsi: Freedom of press meant to serve citizens

Published the:  10/11/2011

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November 10, 2011 - TAP - "Preserving freedom is much harder than snatching it," Caretaker Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said on Thursday, at the opening of the Fourth African Media Leaders Forum.
"Before the Revolution, there was one party and one press," Mr. Essebsi pointed out, adding that in the post-January 14 period, the media landscape has been considerably enriched, mentioning the launch of new TV channels and radio stations and the abundance of newspapers.
Mr. Essebsi emphasised, on the occasion, the imperative of reinforcing freedom of the press, in light of this sector's crucial part in serving the interests of the citizens: it conveys information to the public and clarifies ambiguities, he explained.
Speaking about media financing, the Caretaker Prime Minister acknowledged the existence of financial problems in this sector but these hardships "should by no means influence the integrity and objectivity of media whose duty, at bottom, remains to tell the truth," he insisted.
The two-day Forum is organised by the African Media Initiative on the theme: "Which Future for Traditional Media?"