Media Regulation in RURA
In anticipation to ICT Law, Media law and reviewed RURA Law, RURA is shaped to be well positioned to contribute to effectively respond to the country’s all regulatory matters regarding media.
The law N°09/2013 of 01 March 2013 establishing RURA and determining its mission, powers, organization and functioning requires RURA to regulate media especially in article 2.
In accordance with articles 4 and 11 of Law n° 02/2013 of 08/02/2013 Regulating Media, and article 226 of Law n° 24/2016 of 18/06/2016 governing Information and Communication Technologies, RURA has the responsibility of regulating media and issuing authorization for starting new media organs.
The Regulatory Authority has the following mission with regard to media:
1. To accomplish in general and in particular its regulatory functions as laid down by the law governing media;
2. To issue licenses for the establishment of media organs;
3. To ensure the service provision of radio, television and internet broadcasting throughout the country;
4. To resolve conflicts between signal distributors and broadcast content service providers and conflicts between broadcast service providers themselves and their subscribers;
7. To protect the interest of all consumers against programs of pornography, child abuse, violence, discriminatory programs, divisionism as well as programs against national integrity;
In broadcasting media regulation, the Regulator has the following responsibilities:
• To protect the public against misleading information;
• To protect children and the youth against inappropriate information or program contents;
• To protect and promote the national culture by encouraging local contents;
• To control media advertisement;
• To avoid monopoly in broadcasting media;