Inauguration of the Media Centre of the Assembly of the Representatives of People of Tunisia

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The Media Centre of ARP: a new era in the relationship between journalists and deputies in Tunisia.

Assembly of the Representatives of People, Tunis, Friday, 13 May, 2016: The Media Centre of the Assembly of the Representatives of People was inaugurated by the President of ARP, H.E. Mohamed Ennaceur and UNDP Resident Representative in Tunis, Mounir Tabet, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Susumu Hasagawa, representatives of Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, the European Union, a large number of deputies and officials of the ARP, as well as many media representatives.

The establishment of a Media Centre is part of the support provided by the United Nations Development Programme to the policy of openness and transparency of the ARP. The Media Centre consists of a press conference room, a working area for journalists, and spaces dedicated to radio and TV interviews. The Centre has been developed with the aim of facilitating and enhancing the communication of the Assembly and the access of the media, in order to provide the public with regular and quality information on the role and the activities of parliament.

During the opening ceremony, H.E. Mohamed Ennaceur recalled the essential role of journalists in the transparency of the work of public institutions, particularly of the Assembly. He praised the partnership between UNDP and ARP, emphasizing the important support provided to the Assembly in various areas.

Recalling that the Media Centre is the first of its kind, Mr. Mounir Tabet underlined the importance of the role of the media and civil society in the parliamentary work, particularly to strengthen its impact in the public opinion. He closed his speech by reiterating the commitment of UNDP in supporting the ARP and the consolidation of this relationship.

The Media Centre is established within the framework of the project in support to the Tunisian Assembly and funded by the government of Japan, Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.