Contrary to what most readers of the written press think, satire has played an important role in the Tunisian media landscape as it always has done in publications such as ‘Le Canard Enchaîné’ and ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in France. In fact, satire was never more manifest in Tunisia, than it was preceding independence. Wielding this particular style as their sword, our journalistic knights, in upholding their belief in freedom of expression, sought to combat political correctness and continue the crusade against censorship, while cleverly evading prohibitions and taboos with great subtlety.
- Pro- and anti-Saied demonstrators are staging a growing “squares battle” after the centralization of powers in the hands of the President.
- The poorly known Tunisian geologist was tasked by President Saied of forming a new government. Will she have any space to deliver?
- Tunisia’s President Kaïs Saïed has announced the extension “until further notice” of the state of exception. While free voices are increasingly intimidated.
- Eighty-seven per cent of Tunisians support the President’s decision to ‘freeze’ parliament’s work for 30 days. Yet the danger of an authocratic swing is high.
- Ten years after the sudden destitution of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, all the chickens are coming home to roost in a Tunisia drained by what appears to be a never-ending economic crisis. Political reports mirror a situation that is now festering and in which conflict pervades the present.
- A decade after the start of the popular revolts that swept the whole Arab region, a book by Harvard scholar Noah Feldman returns on the question of its widespread failure, challenging our views on why that happened. Our review.
- Ahead of a much-awaited government confidence vote, Ennahda and the other main Tunisian parties weigh the price of compromise
- Two months after the elections in Tunisia, Prime Minister Habib Jemli has to deal with a fragmented parliament. As no party achieved the necessary 109 seats to ensure the absolute majority, the risk of “ungovernability” remains high. An uphill start for the youngest Arab democracy.
- In advance of the crucial second round of Presidential elections, the former president of Tunisia’s Higher Political Reform Commission Yadh Ben Achour delivered a fervent appeal to save democracy, in Tunisia and elsewhere from its own malaise: by adjusting its structural weaknesses and distortions and, most importantly, by eradicating the scourge of poverty and popular frustration. Here’s the full trasncript of his keynote speech pronounced last September 20th at the ResetDOC / CAREP international conference in Tunis.