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.
– 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.