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Media and Political Kingpins to be Investigated for Fraud and Tax Evasion
A Judicial inquiry has opened into potentially criminal practices on the part of two of Tunisia’s most prominent businessmen, who respectively retain a controlling interest in Nessma TV and hold a key role in the leadership of the country’s governing party, Nidaa Tounes.   Brothers, Ghazi and Nabil Karoui are to be investigated fo...

Cult Hit Game of Thrones Censored For Tunisian TV
Cult HBO show Game of Thrones is known for not shying away from pushing boundaries, from incest and infanticide to violent plot twists that send the internet into a frenzy. Yet private Tunisian TV channel Nessma has opted to cut the show’s more graphic violent and sexual scenes for Tunisian audiences. “Arab society is not...

HAICA Sanctions Three TV Channels for Broadcasting Speeches “Calling for Violence”.
Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (French: HAICA) has sanctioned three Tunisian TV channels for broadcasting speeches “calling for violence”. HAICA sanctioned Nessma TV’s popular “Ness Nessma News” program with a one-month suspension, on August 6, and Hannibal Tv’s program “Yahdoth Fi Tunis” with a...

Journalists and Bloggers Form New ˜Cooperative' TV Station
A group of seventy well-known Tunisian journalists are striking out on their own, forming a new television station called Telvza TV. Telvza TV, from the colloquial Tunisian word for television, will be partially self-funded, with journalists fronting some of the money and the remainder coming from foreign, undisclosed, sources. The st...

Mass Arrests Signal Policy Change Towards Religious Extremists
The arrest of 274 people over the last three days for alleged involvement in clashes between supporters of the conservative religious group Ansar al-Sharia and state security forces, along with the government’s outlawing of the organization, demonstrate a new stricter government policy toward religious extremism in Tunisa. The arrests, whi...

Tunisian Media Since 2011: A Work in Progress
  As I watch Tunisian television and read Tunisian newspapers today, I see they have come a long way. This is refreshing and inspiring, but issues remain regarding the media environment developing since the revolution. I vividly remember how, when former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali announced he was stepping down January 14, 2011, the...

Tunisian Journalists Subject to Recent Wave of Violence
Tunisian journalist Zied Krichen and Tunisian university professor Hamadi Redissi were physically and verbally attacked yesterday outside the courthouse where Tunisian TV executive Nabil Karoui was to be tried for blasphemy and disturbing public order. Krichen and Redissi, who were assaulted along with other protesters and lawyers, thus joined the ...

Donatella Rovera: In the Shadow of Tunisian Citizens, New Political Leaders Must Step Up
Declared a persona non-grata in 1994, Donatella Rovera “ Senior Crisis Response Adviser for Amnesty International “ was one of the first human rights observers to be banned from Tunisia.  Attempting to return to the country in 2000 resulted in her refused entry at the airport, thus, the last time that Rovera set foot on...

Protests Against Protests: Freedom of Speech and Anti-Censorship Rally in Downtown Tunis (updated)
Chanting slogans of “The people want a civil state,” “No to censorship,” and, “Liberty is a sacred expression,” the mass of over 3,000 protesters peacefully marching down Mohamed V Street in Tunis on October 17th differed drastically from the scene of the recent protests against Nessma TV that have broiled throug...

Salafists Take Over Kram Mosque
Salafists in a Tunis suburb have taken over a mosque and intimidated the local population, even turning the Friday sermon against democracy just nine days before Tunisia holds its first elections after the ouster of former President Ben Ali. Anis Rezgui, one of the self-described Salafists, told Tunisia Live, “We seek peaceful coexistence wit...