ISIE and HAICA sign joint resolution on regulating coverage of presidential and legislative campaign
21/08/2019 20:47, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) and the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA), on Wednesday, signed a joint resolution to set the rules of the coverage of the presidential and legislative election campaign by the audiovisual and communication media.

The joint decision was signed by ISIE President Nabil Bafoun and HAICA President Nouri Lajmi. It is made up of 49 articles, the full text of which was posted on ISIE’s official website.

The first article defines the joint decision as regulating "the rules of coverage of the presidential and the legislative election campaign in the audiovisual and communication media and its procedures as well as in all their programmes, whether news programmes, talk shows, political debates, quotas of direct expression programmes, etc."

The provisions of this joint resolution apply to national and private audiovisual and communication media and to their official websites and social media pages, as well as to the offices and correspondents of foreign channels and to agencies and production companies contracted with them in Tunisia.

The text of the joint resolution is divided into four (4) sections. The first section provides for the general provisions. The second section deals with the rules of media coverage during the election campaign, while the third part deals with the rules of organising debates and direct expression.

The final clauses include five chapters (45 to 49), and Article 45 states that the HAICA "monitors the media's adherence to the principles of equality, fairness, diversity and ethics."

Article 47 stipulates that "any violation of this joint resolution will be punishable in accordance with the provisions of the legislation in force.

In case it finds breaches to the principles set forth in chapter 45, HAICA shall take the necessary measures and the relevant media shall remedy the violation committed within a period not exceeding 24 hours".

The joint resolution signed Wednesday between the two bodies cancels an earlier resolution signed in July 2014 ahead of the legislative and presidential elections of that year.

The previous joint resolution to set the rules for the election campaign and the referendum campaign in the audiovisual and communication media and their procedures.

The election campaign for the presidential polls will start on September 2, while the campaign for the legislative elections will begin on September 14 in Tunisia and September 12 abroad.

The presidential elections will take place on September 15 in Tunisia and September 13, 14 and 15 abroad.

The legislative elections will be held on October 6, 2019 at home and on October 4, 5 and 6 abroad.

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