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Dinner-debate on the reform of the legal framework governing the audio-visual sector in Tunisia

Tunis 5 July 2017
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Dinner-debate on the reform of the legal framework governing the audio-visual sector in Tunisia

On the 1st of June 2017, the Council of Europe organised a dinner-debate in Tunis which brought together Tunisian parliamentarians, a representative of the Ministry in charge of constitutional bodies, civil society and Human rights, members of the media regulatory body in Tunisia (High Independent Authority of Audio-visual Communications –HAICA) as well as representatives of civil society and of the academic world.

This debate is part of the reform process, launched in Tunisia, of the legal framework governing the audio-visual sector and establishing the constitutional body of audio-visual communication as enshrined in the Tunisian Constitution.

Undertaken in a spirit of information sharing and dialogue, the meeting provided an opportunity for participants to look in particular at the guarantees of independence of the future body as well as the pre-requisites for its effective functioning. Also, it has been stressed that in the reform process maintaining dialogue between all stakeholders is necessary and that parliamentarians have a crucial role to play.

This initiative is a follow-up of several activities organised by the Council of Europe in 2016 with Tunisian Parliamentarians aiming at enriching their reflexion on the protection of freedom of expression and media freedom in Tunisia.

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Freedom of expression Freedom of expression

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

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"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"

Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights

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