Tunisian premier underscores freedom of speech

TUNIS, May 21 (KUNA) — Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Saturday that the promotion of freedom of speech, thought and media is deemed an essential asset for Tunisia and inalienable constitutional right.
In a keynote speech at the 13th conference of the Federation of Arab Journalists held in Tunis today, Essid said the Tunisian government is keen on maintaining and safeguarding this asset and on consecrating it in pieces of legislation and practices.
He lauded the “quantum leap” in Tunisian mass media, while calling on them to promote the professional ethics and to keep away from political tensions and sectarian calculations.
He also urged the country’s mass media to set top priority to public opinion far from sensationalism and exploitation.
He vowed that the Tunisian government would spare no effort to honor its commitments and pledges to provide the congenial atmosphere for journalists representing various media organizations so as to deliver their messages properly.
The Tunisian prime minister considered that the 13th conference of the Federation of Arab Journalists is a distinguished chance for the conferees to share views and experience with a view to developing mass media in the Arab world.
Essid voiced the Tunisian government’s willingness to support all initiatives and efforts aiming at promoting and consolidating inter-Arab cooperation and coordination in the media domain, mainly personnel training, news exchange and seminars.
A delegation of the Kuwait Journalists Association is partaking in the conference held in the Tunisian capital. (end) ksj.mt

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