REFRAM meets in N’Djamena and publishes activity report for 2012-2013

posted on 17 October, 2013   (public)

REFRAM meets in N’Djamena and publishes activity report for 2012-2013

The REFRAM, the  network of French speaking regulatory authorities, met on 14-15 octobre 2013 in N’Djamena, Chad, for its third general assembly to address the issue of the governance of NRAs against the background of the challenges of democracy and digitalisation.

  • A new roadmap for the period 2014-2015 was adopted, which identified public service media, protection of minors and complaints handling as the three key areas for cooperation. Political pluralism and gender issues in the media will also remain on the agenda of the network.
  • The meeting marked the end of the network's chairmanship by the CSA of the French speaking Community of Belgium. Before handing over the presidency to Mr. Mustapha Ali Alifei of the High Communication Council from Chad, the Belgian CSA tabled a report on the achievements of their two-year presidency with a particular focus on the issues of gender and media and digital transition. The drafting of a practical guide on the protection of minors is also being finalised.

The purpose of REFRAM is to work towards the consolidation of the rule of law, democracy and human rights. It is a forum for debate and exchange of information on issues of common interest and fosters training and cooperation between its members. The permanent Secretariat is based at the French CSA (Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel).

The REFRAM comprises 29 media regulatory authorities from 28 French-speaking African and European countries as well as Canada. The recently created Independent High Authority for the Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) of Tunisia joined the network at the N’Djamena meeting. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has observer's status.

Source: EPRA Secretariat