16 April 2020
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) is following with concern the issues raised in the public opinion recently regarding the threats and lynchings that have occurred against some journalists.
IMC considers that these threats and attacks are at the same time an attack on freedom of media and freedom of expression in general, and such behaviours by certain individuals are therefore unacceptable in a free and democratic state, which we are aiming for.
Journalists and the media in general are playing a very important role, especially in this serious public health situation, where our country is also facing seriously in this time of global pandemic Covid-19.
IMC reminds all actors in the country that it remains committed to fulfilling its institutional, constitutional and legal mission, which is to protect freedom of expression, diversity of opinion, access to information for journalists and the public, and to encourage professionalism among the journalists, managers and media owners.
Therefore, IMC considers that in order to prevent such events, timely actions are needed by the institutions in charge, creating a safe environment to practice the profession of journalism.
At the same time, IMC invites licensed media and all journalists to report by complying with the ethical principles and acting in accordance with the IMC Law and bylaws.
INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION