The current National Communication Council (CNC) is governed by Law No. 1/18 of 25 September 2007 establishing it as an independent administrative authority to ensure the freedom of the press and audiovisual communication in respect of the law, public order and morality.
Its primary mission is to ensure, in general, respect the pluralistic expression of thought in the press and communication. This is a board that has the power of decision on the respect and promotion of press freedom, while playing an advisory role to the government’s communication. In Article 6, the law assigns to the members of CNC five missions:
- Ensure the independence, particularly in terms of information, public and private media;
- Ensure free access to sources of information;
- Ensure fairly free access of political parties, unions, associations and citizens in both public and private information and communication technologies;
- Ensure the rational and equitable use of public and private institutions by the public each according to its constitutional responsibilities media;
- Ensure proper functioning of the media and enforce the commitments contained in their specifications.
Role of National Communication Council (CNC)
- Ensuring Independence, particularly in terms of information, public and private media
- Ensure free access to information sources
- Ensure fairly free access of political parties, unions, associations and citizens to both public and private means of information and communication
- Ensure the rational and equitable use of both public and private media by public institutions each according to its constitutional responsibilities
- Ensure proper functioning of the media and enforce the commitments contained in their specifications
- The Council authorizes the strict observance of the principle of equal treatment between operators, and conditions provided by law, the establishment and operation of facilities or television broadcasting, film exhibition, print media and written on both public and private Internet.
- The Council advises quality and content of television programs and press
- Promoting, through the media, national culture and the protection of fundamental societal values.
- Training in the field of media and communication.
- Council deliberates on all matters pertaining to the press and communication. All projects or legislative proposals relating to the activities of the press are submitted for review and consideration. For breaches of their obligations, the Board shall provide comments to the leaders of failing organs and journalists, and if so, inflicting penalties under the press law.
- The Council may also enter the prosecution for more serious cases in which penalties are not included in press offenses but could threaten the industry. In case of disputes relating to the exercise of freedom of the press between the responsible bodies and journalists and various media between them, the Council provides arbitration.