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Upcoming elections could make or break Tunisia's fledgling free press

June 25, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Tunisia's progression to a freer society took center stage this month, as journalists, digital rights activists, and tech companies gathered in Tunis for RightsCon and the IFJ congress. Tunisia has secured greater press freedom than many of the Arab Spring countries, but local journalists told CPJ that with elections...

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Tunisian media regulator shuts down Nessma TV, citing regulatory violation

May 14, 2019 4:40 PM ET

On April 25, 2019, Tunisian police raided the studios of privately owned television broadcaster Nessma TV and confiscated its broadcasting equipment following a ruling by the High Independent Authority of Audiovisual Communication, the country's media regulator, stating that the broadcaster did not have proper legal status, according to Reuters...

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Tunisian police beat reporter, seize his equipment at protest

September 26, 2017 10:38 AM ET

Tunisian police beat Hamdi al-Souissi, a reporter for the local radio station Diwan FM, seized Souissi's recording equipment, detained him, and questioned him for two hours at a precinct in in the country's eastern city of Sfax, on September 18, 2017, local media reported....

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Tunisian security forces interrogate news website cofounder

May 15, 2017 5:29 PM ET

Officers from the Tunisian National Guard's Central Investigation Brigade interrogated Sami Ben Gharbia, the cofounder of the independent news website Nawaat, for six hours on May 3, 2017, demanding that he reveal the sources of an April 24 article about a draft economic and financial reconciliation law, Ben Gharbia...

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From High Profile to Exile

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Heba Alshibani did not set out to become a journalist. She had expected to become an academic, as many members of her Libyan family had before the February 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. But when the violence did not abate after Qaddafi's overthrow, Alshibani witnessed...

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News website Inkyfada hit with cyberattack after Panama Papers report

April 15, 2016 2:16 PM ET

The independent Tunisian news website Inkyfada was hit with a cyberattack on April 4, 2016, hours after publishing a Panama Papers report that mentioned Tunisian politician Mohsen Marzouk, according to statements published by Inkyfada on its Facebook page. During the attack Inkyfada's website was hacked and its content manipulated, with...

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We need a free press to succeed, Tunisia's leaders tell CPJ

October 28, 2015 3:51 PM ET

Prime Minister vows to protect journalists Tunis, October 28, 2015--Tunisia's senior leadership vowed in meetings with the Committee to Protect Journalists in Tunis on Wednesday to uphold press freedom as the country transitions to democracy, and to protect journalists assaulted by security forces or threatened by extremists....

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CPJ newsletter: October 2015

October 28, 2015 11:33 AM ET

CPJ advocacy vital in release of imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia...

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In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears

October 27, 2015 7:00 AM ET

Hard-earned press freedom in Tunisia is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism in the wake of deadly terror attacks. While Islamist militants threaten the media, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault journalists. In this...

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Tunisia charges editor with complicity in terrorist attack

July 23, 2015 3:19 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2015--Tunisian authorities should drop charges against an editor accused of complicity in the June 27 terrorist attack on Sousse beach that killed at least 39 people, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Noureddine Mbarki was charged in connection with publishing a photograph of a car...

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