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Hysterical Cries of Satanism Follow Teen Suicide
Hysterical accusations of “Satanism” have clouded the deaths of a teenage schoolgirl who committed suicide in a Tunis suburb. Threats, insults, and widespread denunciations of “Satanism” have flooded a deceased 15- year old girl’s Facebook account after she was found hanging in her El Mourouj home last Friday. A 20-year ol...

Female Journalists Barred From Covering Religious Event
Female journalists were barred from entering the great Mosque of Kairouan to cover the ceremony marking the 1,450 anniversary of the writing of the Qu’ran. The ceremony took place at the Uqba Ibn Nafi Mosque in Kairouan, the oldest Mosque in North Africa and the founding Mosque of Islam in Tunisia. The event, sponsored by...

Nessma TV Journalists Assaulted on Kerkennah
Two journalists covering the general strike on Kerkennah yesterday were injured during clashes with individuals thought to be unconnected to either the strike or the security services. Nessma TV confirmed that cameraman, Rached Zouari had received a broken nose, while correspondent Zouhour Habib had received wounds to her right hand during confront...

Five Years After the Revolution, Media Control Remains in the Hands of the Few
Nabil Karoui, president of Nessma TV, one of Tunisia’s most-watched television networks, has been issued two summons in recent weeks by the media regulatory body HAICA. Karoui is said to be actively involved with the leadership of political party Nidaa Tounes, an affiliation that HAICA officials say may represent an infringement of a law that...

Teen Math Students Start Tunisia’s First Online Science Channel
The global trend of free animated science videos has hit Tunisia. Draw My Science is the first series of its kind in a country whose name is increasingly associated with social unrest and terrorist threats. Similar to other popular science channels like minutephysics, which was part of the inspiration for the project, Draw My Science...

Ask the Experts: Are Media, Mosque Closures a Threat to Freedoms?
Tunisia’s government created a “crisis cell” in response to the July 16 Chaambi Mountain attacks which resulted in the deaths of 15 soldiers and the injury of 20 more. As part of this effort, authorities ordered the closure of unlicensed television and radio stations, as well as certain mosques, which they claim have promoted violence...

Police Assault Highlights Obstacles Facing Tunisia’s Journalists
Uniformed security officers assaulted a Shems FM reporter Monday in Sousse, according to a Tunis Center for Press Freedom (French: CTLP) press release. The reporter, Salah el Souissi, was filming a group of taxi drivers protesting in front of the state headquarters at the time. When Souissi began filming officers’ allegedly violent treatment of o...

Tunisian Media Experts React to Egypt Verdict
Three Al Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, received seven-year prison sentences in Egypt Monday, allegedly for spreading false news and supporting the now banned Muslim Brotherhood, according to BBC News. Baher Mohamed received an additional three years for a separate charge of possession of “unlicensed ammuniti...

A Look Back: Tunisia’s Life on Facebook
In December 2010, amid nationwide riots that would become the Tunisian revolution, my cousin came to visit. She had been watching only national television, which had strictly ignored the protests, and was oblivious to the fact that thousands of people were calling for the overthrow of the government. To enlighten her, I logged in to...

New Government Alters Law After Censorship Concerns Raised
The government has loosened procedures requiring the submission of publications that had raised concerns of censorship among publishers. Under the the new procedures, publishers are required to send copies of publications within 48 hours after they go public. Previous rules, made by former Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh in January, required submissio...