World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers


Call for constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression in Tunisia

Call for constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression in Tunisia

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14675

The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 1 March 2012, calls on the National Constituent Assembly in Tunisia to enshrine the right to freedom of expression in the country’s future constitution, and to resist any attempts to limit the freedom of the press.

As the catalyst to revolutions across the Arab world, Tunisia is in the vanguard when it comes to setting a new democratic agenda. How the Tunisian authorities address the issues regarding freedom of expression will have resonance throughout the region, with both breakthroughs and regressions having an impact beyond Tunisia’s borders.

The Board calls on the Tunisian government to apply a legal and institutional framework that allows the emergence of a free and independent media, supported by an independent judiciary. The authorities must respond to recent attacks on journalists and academics and refuse the reestablishment of censorship in the name of morality or public order, particularly in the online domain.

Furthermore, the Board of WAN-IFRA calls for a legal and constitutional framework that will encourage the growth of a diverse media sector and safeguard the right to freedom of expression. The WAN-IFRA Board reaffirms its commitment to supporting the emergence of a strong independent Tunisian press during this period of transition and reconstruction.

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Andrew Heslop

Date

2012-02-27 16:40

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