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Ben Ali in Tears: Prank Show Guests Tricked into Believing They’re Talking to the Ex-President
A Ramadan TV series has been duping politicians and public figures into thinking they have a private line to ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The producers of the show “Allo Jeddah”, which has aired two episodes so far during this year’s holy month, invite guests to video conference with the former authoritarian ruler...

5 Tunisian Ramadan Series You Should Watch This Year
We all know the feeling, you’ve been fasting all day before subsequently stuffing yourself to oblivion and now it is time to pass out on the sofa with your nearest and dearest. Here are five of our favourite Ramadan series showing up on Tunisian TV screens this year. Naouret lahwa – Tunisia 1 Following last year’s...

Popular Talk Show Given One-Month Ban After Interview With Dying Man
“Andi Mankolek,” a popular Tunisian show broadcast weekly on the Ettounsiya TV station, has been issued a one-month suspension and a 200,000 dinar ($126,000) fine by Tunisia's new media regulatory authority. The television channel plans to appeal the decision. “Andi Mankolek” is a Tunisian expression meaning “I ...

Seven Tunisian TV Shows Not to be Missed
Tunisia does not produce a large number of television series, or musalsalat in Arabic, but many of those that have aired are now an vital part of the national identity. Tunisian series are mostly premiered during the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during daylight hours. After gorging themselves to break their fast,...

Regulator and Prime Ministry Reach Deal on State Media Appointments
A deal announced by the broadcast media regulatory authority known as  HAICA and the prime ministry will involve the body in appointments to state media outlets. HAICA's president Nouri Lejmi called the agreement a positive precedent after a meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, according to state news agency TAP. State m...

In Letter to Incoming PM, Artists Talk About Tunisia’s Future
In December, Mehdi Jomaa was chosen by political leaders to serve as the country’s caretaker prime minister following the expected resignation of current prime minister Ali Laarayedh. His new government is intended to resolve a months-long political deadlock by overseeing the country until new elections can be held later this year. Intellectu...

Regulators Say Draft Constitution Threatens Media Freedom
Tunisia's broadcast media regulatory authority has criticized provisions in the draft constitution that it feels threaten freedom of the media. In a letter addressed to the parties taking part in ongoing political talks, the media regulator, known by the acronym HAICA, said that Articles 122 and 124 in the new constitution represent 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...

Sami Fehri Released After a Year in Jail
Television producer Sami Fehri, who had been controversially detained for over a year on corruption charges, was released tonight following a decision by the Tunis Court of Appeals. Fehri's lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, said that his client must still appear before a court on charges against him, according to radio station Mosaique FM. [display_p...

Salafists: Tunisia’s Newest TV Stars
Some of this year’s popular Ramadan television dramas bring a new type of character to Tunisian living rooms: bearded, religious, conservative “Salafists.” During Ramadan, Tunisian TV channels are flooded by programming aired especially during the holiday, including a variety of sitcoms and dramas. Tunisians wait for the holy mont...