“haica” calls for protecting citizens’ right to vigilant and secure media content

The Higher Authority for Audiovisual Communication (ASCA) calls for the preservation of citizens' right to vigilant and secure media content, following a case of the fabrication of a fictitious crime and the dissemination of false information in a radio program.

In a press release published today, the ASCA stressed that it was closely following judicial developments concerning citizens involved in a case of fabricating a fictitious crime, contempt of an organizing institution and dissemination of false information during of their participation in a radio program. She also clarified that she respected the principle of presumption of innocence, recalling some of the principles, foundations and objectives which govern the work of radio and television services, in particular within the framework of its responsibility for citizen security , in accordance with the philosophy and spirit of the Constitution as well as the legal and regulatory requirements governing its action. This in no way affects its editorial freedom, which constitutes the basis of journalistic practice and the guarantee of the right to information.

In this context, the ASCA considers that the legislation on the editorial responsibility of radio and television services and their duty to control broadcasting is not intended in itself, but rather as a means of protecting the right of citizen listeners and viewers to vigilant and secure media content, which is compatible with the principle of freedom of audiovisual communication and the choices of service providers in the field of presentation and production of programs.

According to the same source, the main objective of ASCA's constant monitoring is to guarantee the integrity of information and programs, whether in terms of editorial content produced and presented by suppliers or during the reception and the broadcast of citizen testimonies, with the aim of dispelling any confusion among the listener/viewer concerning the veracity of the information provided or even on the identity and admissibility of the participants interviewed, on the one hand, and bring a benefit to quality journalism, consistent with the ethical standards of the profession, on the other hand.

After having reaffirmed that the principles and mechanisms of self-regulation as defined in the specifications of service providers are not simply organizational rules, but rather a means of supporting the culture of regulation as a whole, the ASCA encourages all audiovisual providers to strengthen their efforts in this area, as an approach to improving informed journalistic practice and as a means of minimizing the impact and consequences of certain forms of new virtual interactions, both fictional and real, which can be harmful.

Finally, the ASCA stressed that its reminder of these principles, foundations and virtuous objectives of radio and television practice is part of its overall vision of its educational roles, which aim to complete the scope of its normative skills and to distinguish itself skills of other institutions, all with the aim of strengthening citizens' confidence in the media act

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