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Tunisia to adopt media freedom measures

2012-10-18 16:33

Tunis - Tunisia's government has announced that it will adopt a pair of decrees on media freedom that were prepared by a special commission last year but ignored until now.

The move follows a one-day general strike by Tunisia's journalists protesting what they call government interference in the sector after the state appointed a number of top positions in public media.

The commission was charged with drawing up new media rules in March 2011 after the overthrow of the dictatorship, and presented its plans in November. The new government led by a moderate Islamist party, declined to implement them.

The commission resigned in July, saying the government was not serious about press freedom.

The decision announced late Wednesday is being seen as a government concession to journalists.