Morocco/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.7 Mass media

Mass media is divided into written press and broadcast media. Written press includes the news gathering business, whereas broadcast media—which has played a key role in mass media over the past two decades—includes radio, TV and the internet.

By issuing the Audio-Visual Communication Law [20], laws [18, 42] pertaining to copyright and association rights [31, 55] and publishing, Morocco took major steps to restructure the mass media sector.

The Audio-Visual Communication Law, in addition to ending state A-V monopoly, regulates the sector by creating independent public institutions and private companies, which must be approved by the High Commission for Audio-Visual Communication (created by decree [35] in 2002).

Internet use and providence in Morocco are regulated by three laws, one [4] pertaining to the protection of people processing personal data issued in 2009, another [7] regulating the electronic exchange of legal information issued in 2007, and a third [22] concerning electronic data processing system crimes issued in 2003.

As regards regulating the written press, the above laws were addressed briefly in paragraphs 5.1.3 and 5.1.8.

Chapter published: 05-05-2016