Morocco has been through very significant reforms in various areas including that of information and communication. This, in particular, has sparked the government’s interest because of its national importance.

In cooperation with the Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers (FMEJ) and the National Union of Moroccan Press (SNPM), the Ministry of Communication held on March 11 and 12, 2005, the first National Conference on Print Media, given its role in the democratization process and the belief of all the stakeholders that the level of journalistic practice needs to be raised. These meetings, attended by a wide range of Moroccan and foreign journalists, have given the floor to fruitful discussions on legal texts, the development of human resources and modern techniques of management.

These conferences ended up with the signature of a contract-program aiming at the modernization of media companies in order to achieve a free and professional journalistic practice taking into account the principles of liability within the framework of the State of law.

Applying the provisions of the contract-program, a collective agreement was signed between the National Union of Moroccan Press and the Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers in order to organize work relationships between media companies and professional journalists.

Having held discussions on the National Conference on Print Media, different partners, namely the State, FMEJ and SNPM, are currently working on the revision of legal texts regulating the field of press and publishing. A new draft of the Press Code, more in line with the ongoing democratization process in Morocco, is currently within the regulatory approval process.

In the field of audiovisual communication, there has been unprecedented change, especially with the State dismantling its monopoly on the media landscape. A logical and immediate consequence of the lifting of this monopoly was the creation of the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HACA), and the publication of the law on audiovisual communication.

Along with this, the public center, provider of public service broadcasting, has been strengthened, in particularly through transforming the Moroccan Radio Broadcasting and Television (RTM) into the National Society of Radio and Television (SNRT) and diversifying the audiovisual offer through creating new thematic and regional channels.

Finally, to define the obligations of the two public channels, the government, through the Ministry of Communication, has developed specifications of the “SNRT” and “Soread 2M” which HACA has validated.

Being confident that the communication sector remains an area of follow-up of the implemented projects in different fields, and a mechanism that can strongly support the principles of a democratic, free and responsible society, Morocco is committed to continuing the process of reforms to the national audiovisual landscape through a responsible debate with partners and associates.


Morocco Daily

Maghreb Arabe Presse