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Ambassador highlights need for continued work on media freedom

Tunisian media made a huge leap forward since the revolution but more remains to be done.

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British Ambassador Chris O'Connor

Speaking to MosaiqueFM on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Chris O’Connor, British Ambassador to Tunisia, described the huge leap forward the Tunisian media had made after the revolution, but also the need for continued progress.

He set out how Tunisian journalists are freer than could have been imaginable in the Ben Ali era.

However, he also pointed to the continuing reports of journalists being subject to violence and harassment.

The Ambassador underlined the importance of a legal framework to protect the hard won freedoms which enable journalists to play their role.

On what the UK is doing to support freedom of expression in Tunisia – the Ambassador described the UK’s Arab Partnership programme , a project with BBC Media Action to transform the Tunisian National Television into a public service broadcaster and work through Article 19 to establish a strong legal framework for free and independent media.

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Published 3 May 2013
Last updated 3 May 2013 + show all updates
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