International Francophone Press Union: Tunisia section officially created
15/06/2019 13:09, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisia Section of the International Francophone Press Union (UPF) was officially created on Saturday during a founding assembly in Tunis.

UPF Secretary-General Zara Nazarian said that this structure is created after several attempts during the past years. "The creation of this section coincides, for our great interest, with the holding of the Summit of La Francophonie next year in Tunisia," she pointed out, recalling that the UPF regularly organises the meetings of the international press alongside the Summit of La Francophonie.

"At least 350 French-speaking journalists attend these meetings," she specified.

As regards the contribution of the Tunisia section for the press sector, Nazarian indicated that the UPF regularly organises training sessions in several countries according to concrete needs and demands.

A provisional committee was created in May to co-ordinate the organisation of the founding assembly of the UPF Tunisia section, said Committee member Hanen Zbiss.

Twenty French-speaking Tunisian journalists have submitted their applications since the launch of the call for membership. "The idea is to have a structure where Francophone journalists, nowadays a minority in the sector, can act to promote the French press and freedom of expression in general," she pointed out.

The meeting was also devoted to the election of the first board of directors of the seven-member section.

The UPF is an international organisation of journalists created since 1960, preceding the creation of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), explained Nazarian, adding that it is also the first professional French-speaking organisation. The UPF has nearly 50 active sections in 100 countries around the world.

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