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Executive Actions Taken
 
BICI Recommendation 1724(a) (In progress)
Liberalizing media environment
To consider relaxing censorship and allowing the opposition greater access to television broadcasts, radio broadcasts and print media. The continuing failure to provide opposition groups with an adequate voice in the national media risks further polarising the political and ethnic divide.

Progress & Actions

in progress

GoB, with the Information Affairs Authority taking the lead, accepted the proposals of the Independent French media experts regarding this recommendation. Please see the IAA’s detailed public plan on how this recommendation will be implemented. The highlights include the IAA’s plans on relaxing censorship and commissioning programmes designed to increase participation of all political groups. One of the key developments will be the establishment of a new Higher Media Board, which will be independent of the Government, to regulate content; this follows the French and Moroccan model. The HMB will be entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the respect of pluralistic expression of ideas and opinions in radio and TV programmes, particularly regarding political information programmes.

The experts are drawn from globally recognised media consultancy IMCA and are being led by Pascal Josephe,. a highly experienced regulator who has occupied senior positions, including executive vice-president and programme director, at TF1, Radio France and France Télévisions. Josèphe will be supported by Didier Sapaut, the former Vice Director of the French Ministry of Communications and Secretary General of France Télévisions. The team included regulatory specialists in new digital technologies, radio broadcasting and audience measurement and analysis.

IMCA has assisted a number of countries transition their media regimes to an open access framework.  In particular, IMCA worked with eleven Eastern and Central European Governments to reform their laws and administrative schemes to bring them in accord with the best international standards, which was a prerequisite to these countries joining the European Union. 

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