Circular organising relationship between public officials and the media published | Tunisia News Gazette

Circular organising relationship between public officials and the media published

The Prime Ministry invites public officials to refrain from providing the media with statements, disclosing professional secrecy or providing official information or documents on matters related to their function or the establishment to which they belong without prior authorisation from their supervisor.

Indeed, the Prime Ministry issued on January 16, 2017 Circular No. 2017-4, organising the way public officials treat with the media.

The purpose of this document is “to organise the work of the information and communication cells of ministries and public institutions and to enable journalists to access information and communicate it to citizens in the best conditions “, according to the text of the circular.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Prime Ministry wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the right of access to information, noting that the circular should in no way undermine freedom of opinion and expression, main gain of the Revolution.

He added that the channels of communication remain open to national and international media and to all components of civil society.

The state is committed to keeping public opinion informed and to providing all information in real time, the source added.

The Prime Ministry also considers that co-ordination between public administrations, which are a source of information, is intended to provide accurate information respecting both the professional ethics of public officials and journalists.

Source: TAP news Agency

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