Mischa Benoit-Lavelle, Author at Tunisia Live Mischa Benoit-Lavelle, Author at Tunisia Live

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle



Two Tunisians Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Posting Caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed Online
The Court of First Instance of Mahdia sentenced two men to seven years of prison for charges relating to their posting of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed on Facebook. The decision is subject to appeal. According to an extract of the decision, which was posted online, Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji were sentenced to five years...

Tunisian Anti-Corruption Commission to Restart Work after 4 Months of Dormancy
After a nearly four-month hiatus due to the death of its former head last January, Tunisia’s Committee against Corruption and Misappropriation of Funds can begin activity again with the appointment of a new president, Samir Annabi. According to the state news agency TAP, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali made the appointment at the recommendation ...

Group Claiming Anonymous Affiliation Hacks Tunisian Ministry of Justice Website
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 protes...

Aslyum Seekers from Tunisia 9 Times Higher in 2011 than 2010
According to the latest summary published by the UN High Commission for Refugees, the number of asylum seekers coming from Tunisia was 9 times higher in 2011 (7,900) than in 2010 (900). The statistics show that asylum applications from Tunisia fell with each quarter, though the amount for the last quarter of 2011 (1,534) was...

Wounded of Revolution Claim To Have Been Attacked By Tunisian National Guard
The wounded of the Tunisian Revolution, who staged a sit in at Tunisia’s transitional justice ministry, say they were attacked by a group of men bearing the insignia of Tunisia’s National Guard. However, the spokesman for the ministry of the interior, Khaled Tarrouche, denied that the National Guard was present at the demonstration, say...

Tunisia’s Wounded and Families of Martyrs Stage Sit In at Transitional Justice Office
Wounded and families of the martyrs of Tunisia’s uprisings met with representatives of Tunisia’s transitional justice ministry following a sit in in front of the ministry’s offices today. The protest, organized by the Association of Martyrs of the Revolution, the Tunisian Pirate Party, and the Tunisian Party, was held in part as a...

Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi Charged with Torture
Two additional cases of torture have been levied against former interim government Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, in addition to an already ongoing case. The cases involve repression of the followers of Salah Ben Youssef –  a rival of former president Habib Bourguiba – during Essebsi’s time as Minister of the Interi...

Canadian Government Pressured to Reveal Information on Ben Ali Clan's Assets
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has come under increasing pressure, from government opposition as well as from civil society, to reveal more information concerning the assets of Ben Ali and Trabelsi family members frozen in the country. Following a formal written request for information from opposition MP Hélà¨ne Laverdià¨re, Ba...

Consumer Debt Trap Brings Suffering to Tunisian Families
Marriage can be an expensive affair in Tunisia. For Ahmed, a 40-something secretary who works in Tunis, the cost was too much for his salary to cover, and he was forced to resort to a 12,000 Tunisian dinar loan. Add to that 4,000 dinars of interest, and you arrive at a 16,000 dinar burden, which Ahmed...

Noted French Journalist on Tunisia Today: “Many Grey Areas Remain”
Author, journalist, and editor Nicolas Beau passed by the office of Tunisia Live to discuss media coverage of Tunisia in general, the ongoing development of the Tunisian press, and the many questions that remain unanswered in Tunisian politics. Beau is a former editor of Le Canard Enchaà®né and Bakchich and the author of several works...