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HAICA suspends Mosaique FM's "Ahla Sebah" programme "for incitement to hatred".

(TAP) -- The Independent High Audiovisual Authority (HAICA) announced the suspension for a week of the morning programme of Radio Mosaique FM "Ahla Sebah" and the withdrawal of an excerpt from the programme broadcast on January 11th of the channel's electronic site and all the pages of its social network.

"This suspension is motivated by the content of the Ahla Sebah programme of January 11, which charges and incites hatred against politicians, in violation of the rules of audio-visual freedom that stipulate respect for the human dignity mentioned in article 5. of the decree 116 of the year 2011 ", specifies the HAICA in a statement made public Tuesday evening.

The audio-visual regulator indicates that the offending programme committed a "flagrant offense" by spreading hate speech against politicians, through a person who was robbed by a group of offenders, who blamed some politicians, such as Adene Hajji, Samia Abbou, Mongi Rahoui, Hamma Hammami and Ammar Amroussia, for being behind the vandalism and aggression that accompanied the latest protests.

"These assertions were backed by the journalist, in violation of his duty to reject any hate speech, undermining human dignity and honour," adds HAICA.

It revealed that the legal representative of Mosaique FM summoned the journalist to warn him of the duty to comply with the profession's code of ethics and to avoid broadcasting such speeches.

For its part, the channel has stated on its official website its commitment to comply with the suspension of the programme, "out of respect for independent authorities and state institutions."

Mosaique FM said that "rapid developments in the country and political struggles have put radio under unprecedented pressure from all sides to try to interfere in its editorial line". It declared itself "respectful of the professional rules, neutrality and the editorial charter while attempting to rectify any deviation".

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