Archive for March, 2012

Reporters Without Borders Denounces the Assault on an Al Jazeera Journalist

Reporters Without Borders Denounces the Assault on an Al Jazeera Journalist

| 28 March 2012 | 3 Comments

On March 24, Lotfi Hajji, the director of Al Jazeera’s Tunisia office, was insulted and attacked while covering a political rally in Monastir. Yesterday, the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a statement, condemning this attack. According to RSF, Hajji received kicks to the knee before entering the hall where the event was taking place. A microphone, [...]

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What’s On in Tunis 28 March – 4 April

What’s On in Tunis 28 March – 4 April

| 28 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Since the Revolution, the cultural landscape of Tunisia has changed – and fast. The voices of the old regime have been replaced by those of a new generation, which has taken culture out of the theaters and museums – and onto the streets. Suddenly everyone has something to say, and Tunis is their center stage. [...]

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World Bank, EU, and Tunisian Government Highlight Benefits and Challenges of Open Governance

World Bank, EU, and Tunisian Government Highlight Benefits and Challenges of Open Governance

| 28 March 2012 | 4 Comments

Today, a conference on open governance, organized by the European Union, the World Bank, and the Tunisian government, began in Tunis. The conference runs until tomorrow and will discuss achieving greater, more transparent access to information in Tunisia. Open governance is a concept that has been gaining ground recently in many countries around the world. For [...]

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Tunisia’s Educational System Open for Reform

Tunisia’s Educational System Open for Reform

| 28 March 2012 | 4 Comments

A three-day national conference on how to reform Tunisia’s educational system will kick off tomorrow in the Tunisian capital. Experts in education, members of various civil society organizations and political parties, and a high number of parents will attend the conference. The event will discuss the way forward regarding the necessary reforms that the Tunisian educational [...]

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Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister on a Working Visit to the U.K.

Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister on a Working Visit to the U.K.

| 28 March 2012 | 2 Comments

Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Rafik Abdessalem is on a working visit to London from the  27th to the 28th of March.  He will be meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and will conduct a series of talks with a number of other political figures. According to a communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign [...]

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Clan Dispute in Gafsa Results in One Dead and Seven Wounded

Clan Dispute in Gafsa Results in One Dead and Seven Wounded

| 28 March 2012 | 2 Comments

The Tunisian Ministry of the Interior announced a curfew in the region of El Ksar, in the Governorate of Gafsa, in the wake of deadly violence that erupted on the morning of Tuesday, March 27th. The clashes were triggered by a land dispute between two families that degenerated when hunting guns became involved, resulting in one dead [...]

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Group Claiming Anonymous Affiliation Hacks Tunisian Ministry of Justice Website

Group Claiming Anonymous Affiliation Hacks Tunisian Ministry of Justice Website

| 28 March 2012 | 2 Comments

The most recent cyber-attack in Tunisia took down the website of the Ministry of Justice this morning, and a group claiming affiliation with the loose international collective Anonymous has taken credit for the action on its Facebook page. The attack was motivated by alleged aggression on the part of the Tunisian National Guard against protesters at the [...]

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Tunisian Human Rights Activist Receives the North-South Prize

Tunisian Human Rights Activist Receives the North-South Prize

| 28 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Tunisian human rights activist and President of the International Federation of Human Rights, Souhayr Belhassan, received on March 27, in Lisbon, the North-South Prize for 2011. The prize is awarded annually by the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity to two personalities, who have distinguished themselves by their deep commitment to promote solidarity between [...]

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President of the Tunisian Jewish Community to Take Salafist Preacher to Court

President of the Tunisian Jewish Community to Take Salafist Preacher to Court

| 27 March 2012 | 19 Comments

The President of the Tunisian Jewish Community Roger Bismuth has expressed deep concern over the security of Tunisia’s Jewish Community, and has called on the government to take immediate action against those who incite hatred against others. During Sunday’s Salafist demonstration on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, one Salafist preacher shouted “young people rise up, let’s wage [...]

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The Independence of the Judiciary: A Long Way to Go

The Independence of the Judiciary: A Long Way to Go

| 27 March 2012 | 1 Comment

Tunisia’s judiciary faces many challenges to its credibility as an independent body. The Association of Tunisian Judges along with the Union of Judges have recently submitted a proposal to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) for a temporary commission that will regulate the judicial branch. “This commission aims to fill in the constitutional and legal void [...]

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