Ensuring respect for democratic values and human rights in audiovisual content is one of the main missions of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication, underlined the president of the HACA, Latifa Akharbach, during a meeting organized by the Diplomatic Institute, Wednesday, in the presence of 34 ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions in Morocco.
Created in 2002, the HACA has always paid particular attention to some of the basic democratic principles set out in the commitments contained in the specifications of public and private audiovisual operators, said Latifa Akharbach, such as the principle of respect for human dignity human rights and the presumption of innocence, supporting a culture of parity, combating hate speech and discrimination, while preserving privacy and protecting young audiences.
During this meeting, the president of the HACA confirmed that “ the mandate and work of the High Authority as an independent institution responsible for legalizing audiovisual communication, fall within the general framework of consolidating the democratic functioning of Moroccan society noting that the creation of the HACA in 2002 was part of the political and institutional reforms that concerned many areas of public and political life, such as the creation of a transitional justice mechanism, the strengthening of the human rights system, the development of security governance, or even the reform of the Family Code.
The official thus explained that “the path of reform in the field of audiovisual communication has manifested itself in putting an end to the State monopoly on the radio and television media, and in liberating the audiovisual sector by opening it up to private initiative.
In this event, Latifa Akharbash presented the main characteristics of HACA’s constitutional mandate in the field of respect for the pluralistic expression of currents of opinion and thought in radio and television channels, highlighting the normative and the monitoring and follow-up process of media coverage carried out by HACA, on the occasion of the legislative elections of September 8, 2021.
Thus, the President of the HACA devoted part of her speech to the representatives of the diplomatic corps, to present the work of the authority in the field of international cooperation, the strengthening of partnerships and the deepening of institutional relations with the African, Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean bodies, within the framework of the International Organization of La Francophonie and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In response to questions from ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, Latifa Akharbach highlighted the efforts made by the Authority to establish a pluralist and diversified audiovisual scene that meets the requirements of spatial equity with regard to citizens’ access to audiovisual services, within the framework of a holistic transition characterized by profound technological and professional transformations of the media system.