Archive for October, 2011

Nessma TV Prosecuted for Broadcasting Controversial Film

Nessma TV Prosecuted for Broadcasting Controversial Film

| 11 October 2011 | 2 Comments

A group of 131 lawyers and 14 citizens are prosecuting Nessma TV for broadcasting a film considered offensive to Islam. After the channel aired “Persepolis,” an award-winning French-Iranian film about a girl’s religious journey and struggle, violent protests erupted in Tunis, and police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators. The group of lawyers says that [...]

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Anti-Nessma Protesters Mostly Ordinary Youth, Not Salafists, Say Locals

Anti-Nessma Protesters Mostly Ordinary Youth, Not Salafists, Say Locals

| 11 October 2011 | 20 Comments

The Tunisian and international press has been quick to label Sunday’s anti-Nessma protesters as dangerous, armed Salafists. But as the conflict spread into suburbs of Tunis, the majority of protesters did not fit the description, according to local residents. Protesters clashed with police outside of Nessma TV headquarters and in the Tunis campus center on [...]

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Press Headlines – October 11th, 2011

Press Headlines – October 11th, 2011

| 11 October 2011 | 0 Comments

La Presse  (The Press), Daily Governmental Nessma Protests: Real Debate Sacrificed, Civil Society Reacts Launch of Public Consultation on Tunis-Kairouan-Gafsa Highway Project Duty-Free Sales and Commercial Guarantees Syria: EU Salutes Creation of National Council Heavily Armed Group Pillages Tripoli Mosque Security: Rebuild Confidence With Citizens Djerba-Zarzis: 80 km of Roads Re-paved Closing Concert of Ibrahim [...]

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Ennahda: Nessma Crossed the Line

Ennahda: Nessma Crossed the Line

| 10 October 2011 | 3 Comments

After the demonstrations against Nessma TV that took place yesterday, October 9th , at various locations in downtown Tunis and some inland regions, all eyes were pointed at Ennahda and anticipating the Islamic party’s reaction to the events.  So far, Ennahda has accused Nessma of being biased and of playing dirty games only two weeks [...]

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Ennahda’s Volunteers Launch Door-to-Door Campaign

Ennahda’s Volunteers Launch Door-to-Door Campaign

| 10 October 2011 | 1 Comment

On Sunday, October 2nd, Ennahda’s volunteers kicked off the party’s door-to-door campaign. In groups of three or four people, volunteers visit families in downtown Tunis, in the areas of Bab Souika, Bab Bhar and other neighborhoods, talk to them about the movement, and introduce it to those who do not know anything about it. They [...]

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Nessma TV Denies Rumors

Nessma TV Denies Rumors

| 10 October 2011 | 1 Comment

In the aftermath of the protests yesterday, October 9th, Nessma TV is offering consolatory words to angry Tunisians because of the depiction of God through the imagination of a little girl in the French-Iranian movie “Persepolis,” which Nessma TV aired on October 7th. The rumors that some Nessma TV employees and journalists presented their resignation, and that the soccer team [...]

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Podcast: Press Headlines – October 10th, 2011

Podcast: Press Headlines – October 10th, 2011

| 10 October 2011 | 11 Comments

Here are the top stories from Tunisia, October 10th, 2011:

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Religion in Politics Takes Center Stage Two Weeks Before Tunisian Elections

Religion in Politics Takes Center Stage Two Weeks Before Tunisian Elections

| 10 October 2011 | 15 Comments

  No issue has become more important in Tunisian politics than the question of religion and state, and a variety of parties are approaching the issue in a variety of ways. Though more established democracies spend less time debating religion in politics, the radical change seen by Arab countries, sparked by Tunisia’s January 14th revolution, [...]

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Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly: How Long Will it Last?

Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly: How Long Will it Last?

| 10 October 2011 | 23 Comments

The Tunisian citizens are going to vote on October 23rd for the candidates who are going to be members of the future Constituent Assembly. This authority will appoint a president and a new government until presidential and parliamentary elections are going to take place. It will also be charged with writing a new constitution. But [...]

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“Zero Silence” Documents Struggle Against Authoritarian Regimes to Guarantee “Free Wor(l)d”

“Zero Silence” Documents Struggle Against Authoritarian Regimes to Guarantee “Free Wor(l)d”

| 10 October 2011 | 0 Comments

The documentary movie Zero Silence depicts the journeys of four human rights activists and bloggers who struggled against authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. Shot in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon, the film is the result of close cooperation between three devoted directors and producers, namely Jonny von Wallström, Swedish photographer and filmmaker, Javeria Rizvi Kabani, [...]

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