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Mauritania to reform public, private media

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania is making moves to reform the public and private media sector, official sources told PANA here Tuesday.

It was in this connection that President Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani Tuesday received the president and members of the national commission in charge of preparing that reform.

During talks with media professionals, President El Ghazouani highlighted “the immense responsibility of the members in the formulation of proposals aiming at a global reform of the public and private press”.

He said this was because the “media is the incarnation of the freedom of speech, which is natural right registered in all constitutions”.

“In addition, the preservation and consolidation of the freedom of expression are one of my major commitments as president of the Republic, and therefore a strategic choice for the government,” he said. 

On the role of information, education and citizen action for the media, the Mauritanian president reminded “it is about as important role as that of the executive, the parliamentary and the judicial”.

“Therefore, there is need for consensus within journalists to find solutions to all problems which the sector is facing,” added President El Ghazouani.

In Mauritania, the media have several problems because of an environment characterized by the absence of publicity resources, lack of professionalism and the problems of information access.


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