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Tunisia determined to guarantee press freedom

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The Tunisian authorities on Tuesday reaffirmed their full commitment to guarantee press freedoms.

This is what emerges from a press release from the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated every year on May 3.

“Tunisia affirms its full commitment to guarantee freedom of expression for a freer and more responsible press,” the statement said.

And the same source continues: “All governments, civil society organizations and the media are called upon to adopt a participatory approach based on human rights, to promote freedom of the press and to guarantee the right to ‘access to information while respecting privacy’.

“Tunisia will continue, through its role in the Human Rights Council, to present the two draft resolutions relating to the safety of journalists and the protection of freedom of expression on the net, in order to guarantee a appropriate legislative context to protect freedom of the press,” the ministry said.

Earlier Tuesday, the “Ennahdha” movement (53 seats out of 217 in the dissolved parliament), condemned in a statement what it described as a “serious deterioration” of press and media freedom in Tunisia.

This reaction comes after the publication of the World Press Freedom Index established by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), where Tunisia is classified in the orange zone, occupying the 94th position in 2022.

Indeed, Tunisia has lost 21 places compared to the 2021 ranking, where it occupied 73rd place.

*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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