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Kamel Labidi

Kamel Labidi is a freelance journalist and former CPJ representative and consultant for the Middle East and North Africa region. Labidi returned from exile to Tunisia in 2011 to head the National Commission to Reform Information and Communication. He resigned in 2012 to protest the lack of political will of the Islamist-led government to implement the commission’s recommendations.

Rice, Tunisia in press reform dance

September 15, 2008 10:50 AM ET

Tunisia's media, one of the most muzzled in the Arab world, reported for the first time a couple weeks ago that a high-ranking U.S. official had raised the issue of reform with the country's autocratic ruler, who is also a zealous supporter of President George W. Bush's war on terror....

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Egyptian journalists face the trials of September

September 2, 2008 6:36 PM ET

Many in Egypt still dread the month of September. Twenty-seven years ago, the government arbitrarily jailed hundreds of civil society activists of different political and religious leanings, including journalists. The capricious crackdown, which occurred only a few weeks before President Anwar Sadat's assassination on October 6, 1981, by a radical...

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Hormatallah released from "cemetery for the living"

August 5, 2008 1:18 PM ET

The release of Mustafa Hormatallah, a Moroccan editor at the independent weekly Al-Watan Al An, prompted a memorable scene on July 25 as he exited Akacha Prison in Casablanca, Morocco's most populous and business-oriented city. Scores of well-wishers including relatives, friends, and representatives of the of the National Syndicate...

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