(Ecofin Agency) – In Morocco, the government adopted a draft law to restructure the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA).
One of the main provisions of the text is the possibility for any citizen to file a complaint with the regulatory body against any radio station or national television that broadcast content that violates the law. For now, this privilege is only for political parties, trade unions and associations recognized as public utilities.
Once entered, the HACA has an obligation to treat each complaint within 90 days. It is also required to inform the complainant of the outcome of his complaint. The overall objective of the Bill is to strengthen the powers of the regulatory body.
During a press conference, the Minister of Communication, Mustapha El Khalfi, explained that it is important to strengthen the role and responsibilities of the forum HACA as constitutional and independent institution for the regulation of the audiovisual sector Moroccan. Thus, the Moroccan law hopes to catch up for the delay of the other Maghreb countries, including Tunisia.
The bill is to be submitted to Parliament for adoption.