The Minister of Communication, Mohamed Laqab, met on Monday evening with the heads and representatives of unions and national associations active in the sector, whom he called on “to organize themselves, in accordance with the directives of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune,” according to a ministry statement.
The same source explained that this meeting, which took place at the ministry’s headquarters, falls within the framework of continuing to listen to the concerns and suggestions of sector members and professionals, with the aim of “drawing a road map for the work of the media system in the future, given that unions express the concerns of journalists.”
The Minister of Communication called on all officials and representatives of unions and national associations active in the sector to “organize themselves in accordance with the directives of the President of the Republic and to show union solidarity among themselves to consider the outstanding problems, especially those related to the social situation of journalists, and to develop an accurate diagnosis of their professional conditions, provided that it is accompanied by a set of solutions.” And suggestions,” according to the statement.
In the same context, Laqab renewed his “keenness to provide all support and accompaniment,” while stressing that the Ministry “will not hesitate to take care of the concerns raised within the limits permitted by the law.” Laqab also stressed that the sector “must complete its legislative system and install its governing structures,” focusing on “the necessity of establishing a professional ethics council in the near future,” the statement adds.
This meeting, the same source continues, “was an opportunity to discuss some articles of the new organic media law, especially those related to journalist protection and training,” as the Minister of Communications considered that the new law “provides broader protection for media professionals while exercising their duties.”
For their part, “sector unions appreciated this meeting and at the same time welcomed the minister’s opening of all channels of dialogue to everyone,” as indicated in the Ministry of Communication’s statement.
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