SNJT president warns against any attempt to subjugate the press
19/09/2020 18:38, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - President of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) Néji Bghouri, on Saturday, warned against any attempt to subjugate journalists, exercise control over the media and restrict press freedom in Tunisia.

This alarm bell was sounded at the union's 5th congress, which kicked off Saturday in the Convention Centre in Tunis.

President of the SNJT Neji Bghouri said that Tunisian journalists will remain united in their fight against any attempt to subjugate the press and against any bill threatening press freedom.

"All attempts by political lobbies seeking to destroy the sector have failed," Bghouri told an audience of journalists and representatives of national organisations and civil society.

He added that the union will have a promising future thanks to its members who will continue to fully assume their primary role in defending rights and freedoms.

"The journalists' union will continue to forge ahead on the path of defending democracy and just national and humanitarian causes," he promised, referring to its role in fighting normalisation with the Zionist entity in light of the rise of populism and extremism," he said.

He added that this tide of populism and extremism now embraces decision-making positions and threatens freedom of expression.

Bghouri also criticised the silence of successive governments and their failure to address key issues in the sector, regretting a difficult environment marked by smear campaigns and demonisation of the media.

The president of the union said the newly created Press Council will help to establish quality journalism, protect citizens’ rights to free information and hold those in charge of the sector accountable.

Bghouri also called on Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi to accelerate the implementation of the framework agreement signed for Tunisian journalists on January 9, 2019.



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