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Leading Tunisian Blogger on Trial for “Insulting an Officer”
A leading Tunisian blogger and online activist will stand trial today on charges of allegedly insulting a security officer during an apparent parking dispute. Blogger Lina Ben Mhenni is scheduled to stand trial in the Court of the First Instance in the southern City of Medenine today for allegedly insulting an officer in the course of their...

Blogger Yassine Ayari Sentenced to Six Months in Prison
Blogger Yassine Ayari’s one-year sentence for defaming the Tunisian military was shortened to six months after a court of appeals ruling on Tuesday. Ayari has been held since December 23, when he was detained on charges of insulting military officials in posts on Facebook. “It’s a shame that citizens are criminalized in post-revolutionary...

Yassine Ayari Plans to Return to Tunisia to Challenge Prison Sentence
Blogger Yassine Ayari will return to Tunisia next Friday to appeal a six-month prison sentence issued after he was found guilty of calling for the murder of leftist political analyst Mondher Thabet in a Facebook post. The blogger claimed that Thabet represents the remnants of the former Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali government and that he...

Blogger Sentenced to Six Months for Facebook Post
Tristan Dreisbach and Safa Ben Said contributed reporting. Blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday, convicted of calling for the murder of leftist political analyst Mondher Thabet. Thabet sued Ayari, who lives in France, for mentioning his name in a July 2013 Facebook post which calls for the arrest and...

Jabeur Granted Asylum in Sweden, Pardon to Come
Jabeur Mejri, sentenced to prison in March 2012 for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online, has been granted asylum in Sweden and will receive a pardon from President Moncef Marzouki. Mejri remains imprisoned in Mahdia but will apply for a visa to Sweden Wednesday, his lawyer Ahmed Mselmi told Tunisia Live. The visa has...

President Marzouki’s Appointment of 17 Counselors Provokes Criticism
Interim President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki announced the complete composition of his presidential cabinet. He appointed counselors and ministers, totaling 17 in all.   A wave of satire and criticism spread on social networks criticizing the president's decision to appoint the cabinet. The Tunisian blogosphere was exceptionally respons...

First Ever International Digital Journalism Conference Held in Tunisia
Bloggers, politicians, activists, and noted French and Tunisian media figures convened at the Golden Tulip Hotel in downtown Tunis today for Tunisia's first ever international digital journalism forum: the 4M conference. The event, entitled Tunisia: Revolution, Transition, and Mutation, brought together big-ticket names such as...

Tunisia Live Under the Spotlight
Tunisia Live, the first Tunisian news website in English, has at last announced its existence to the regional and international public.  Three events were held this week to introduce the initiative that began after the January 14th revolution, and which has since grown immensely. Blogs Talk: On Thursday, September 8th, an event entitled “B...

Bassem Bouguerra
On his website http://bouguerra.org, Bassem Bouguerra describes himself as a “Revolutionary by nature and a Software Engineer by accident.”  The 30 year-old Tunisian blogger works as a Software Architect at Yahoo and currently lives in San Francisco, where he is an active member of the Tunisian Bay Area community. Bougerra’s jo...

Emna Ben Jemaa
Emna Ben Jemaa is a controversial young Tunisian blogger, as well as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Time University in Tunis.  She began blogging in 2005 and was quickly drawn into the blogging community.  In an interview conducted by Common Ground News, Ben Jemaa stated, “My window to the world, my escape and even...