Caid Essebsi meets SNJT delegation | Tunisia News Gazette

Caid Essebsi meets SNJT delegation

President Beji Caid Essebsi met, on Monday at Carthage Palace, with members of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)’s Executive Board led by SNJT President Neji Bghouri.

The meeting turned on freedom of press in Tunisia and problems related to this sector, particularly regarding the latest developments, Bghouri was quoted as saying in a presidency press release.

He further welcomed the Head of the State’s commitment to defend freedom of expression and press, main guarantors of a successful democratic process.

Caid Essebsi highlighted, on his part, the importance to pursue dialogue with the concerned parties so as to overcome the latest malfunctions, Bghouri indicated.

During this meeting, emphasis was placed on the need to make every effort so as to further support freedom of the press, promote the public media sector and improve the journalists’ working conditions by speeding up the implementation of the necessary legislation.

According to a press release from the SNJT, the meeting also discussed issues related to freedom of information and press, especially following February 2’s protests.

Besides, members of the SNJT’s executive board provided Caid Essebsi with an overview on the restrictions and violations suffered by Tunisian journalists and foreign correspondents.

They further expressed concern about some statement and draft laws that send negative messages to journalists and create an environment that is not conducive to freedom of the press.

The union delegation also presented a vision to reform the sector and protect freedom of the press.

Source: TAP News Agency

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