Talking about freedom of expression in Tunis

May 23, 2017

On 17 May 2017, a workshop was held on Freedom of Expression: Regulation, Self-Regulation and Media Governance, which was attended by journalists and representatives of human rights organisations.

The workshop was structured around three questions:
- Regulation: preserving and guaranteeing freedom of speech via state regulation - taking stock and looking ahead;
- Professional self-regulation: how can it complement regulation to promote freedom of expression?
- Guaranteeing freedom of expression: what are the implications for governance and media organisations?

Discussions about issues of free expression in the context of the current Tunisian reforms were led by representatives from the HAICA (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication), the SNJT (Tunisian National Union of Journalists) and Tunisian state television, as well as by French participants from the CSA (Higher Audiovisual Council), the SPIIL (Independent Online Press Union) and the CESP (Advertising Media Research Centre).
In Tunisia, consultations are currently being held on a bill regarding the Audiovisual Communication Body, and a bill on radio and TV regulation has just been drafted.

This workshop was organised by CFI and the Tunisian Ministry of Relations with the Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights, with support from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).