Tunisia’s new measures for media sector

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced, Saturday at the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)’s headquarters, eleven measures and decisions taken at an inner Cabinet meeting held Friday.

They are:

– Establish the governance of public advertising for written and electronic press through the creation of a commission setting criteria for granting adverstisment and another one for franting and distributing advertisment.

– Devote 5% of the public advertising revenues to the “Amicale” of Tunisian journalists.

– Adopt the direct subscription regime of public institutions to newspapers and periodicals, in compliance with Article 49 of the decree governing procurement contracts.

– Cut over a 3 year-period the broadcasting charges for private radios and TVs in difficulty.

This cut will be carried out as of 2017. A six month-grace period will be granted to concerned press institutions with a reschedule of their debts with the National Broadcasting Office over a period that can span 10 years, after study and removal of late penalties:

20% for radios broadcasting on Greater Tunis and in most of the regions.

50% for regional radios

20% for private TVs.

– Issue before end of February 2017, a special decree for the markets in the acquisition of audiovisual productions to the Tunisian Television Corporation (French: ETT).

– Establish a clear vision on the organisation of TV production companies’ activities, drawing inspiration from international standards and consulting with the representatives of the profession and the concerned ministries.

– Examine the file of SNIPE-La Press company at the next periodic meeting of the commission for the restructuring of public enterprises.

– Complete the sale measures of the two confiscated establishments “Assabah” and Chems FM,” before September 2017, while guaranteeing the rights of all the staff.

– Implement the agreement on the regularisation of the situation of journalists working in the regional offices of the Tunisian Radio.

– Provide the SNJT with a land to achieve a housing project for journalists. A commission gathering representatives of the Prime Ministry, the Ministries of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning and the State Secretariat for Land Affairs will be created to this end.

– Finalise the measures allowing the SNJT to become owner of the union’s current headquarters.


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