Fez – African and Ibero-American audiovisual regulators have expressed their commitment to promoting best practices, particularly in the field regarding regulation of audiovisual communication.
According to the Fez Declaration, issued at the end of the first meeting between African and Ibero-American audiovisual regulators, participants commit “to promote best practices, particularly in the field of the regulation of audiovisual communication, in line with the national and international rules.” The meeting took place March 16-17 in Fez.
The gathering was organized in close partnership with the presidencies of the African Communication Regulatory Authorities Network (ACRAN) and the Ibero-American Platform of Audiovisual Regulatory Authorities (PRAI).
It called for erecting the human rights promotion, human dignity, the principles of diversity, equality, parity and freedom of expression as intangible guidelines of common action in the service of the development of societies and the consolidation of democracy.
Participants listed the most common challenges related to the reinforcement of the legal and institutional framework of regulation. These include the digital transition, media regulation during the electoral periods, the promotion of gender equality in and through the media, the protection of the young audience and media literacy.
One of the most timely challenges listed was the fight against hate speech and racism, “which must be erected as priorities in our cooperation.”
Members also reaffirmed the commitment of Member-authorities of the two Networks to consolidate and promote South/South cooperation in its different dimensions. They stressed their desire to broaden and diversify the friendship, cultural, scientific and technical exchanges between them.