19 January 2013

Tunisia: Interior Ministry Devises Code of Conduct Defining Relations Between Police and Journalists

Tunis — A draft code of conduct was devised by the Interior Ministry to define relations between the police and journalists.

The project was worked out in consultation with the Police Union, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), the African Centre for Training Journalists and Communicators (CAPCJ) and the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI), according to a communiqué made public by the Interior Ministry.

Training sessions will organised, as of February, for the benefit of the security force agents on Human rights, press rights and journalists' protection.

The first training session which will be conducted by Tunisian and French experts, will be devoted to police force senior executives and Tunisian journalists.

This experience will be extended to all interior security officers in all the governorates, the communiqué reads.

The training programme is part of a co-operation project between the Interior Ministry, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

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