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Tunisia: The long road to reform is far from over

Tunisia: The long road to reform is far from over

Tunisia made a major stride by adopting a new constitution. However, the long road to reform is far from over as the authorities should amend or abolish all repressive laws of the dictatorship era. Afef Abrougui reports

Tunisia: Man jailed for Facebook post to be released

Tunisia: Man jailed for Facebook post to be released

Jabeur Mejri has been in prison for nearly two years for publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on Facebook

Tunisia’s draft constitution raises concerns about democratic transition

Tunisia’s draft constitution raises concerns about democratic transition

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is voting on a new constitution, following a political crisis which put on hold the country’s democratic transition after the assassination of opposition deputy last July, Afef Abrougui writes

Tunisians cast a wary eye on new crime agency

Tunisians cast a wary eye on new crime agency

Years of massive surveillance haunt Tunisians as they commemorate three years since the toppling of the police State of former dictator Zeine al Abidin Ben Ali. Afef Abrougi reports

Tunisian rappers convicted of “insulting public servants” after concert arrest

Net Freedom in Tunisia: Still a Long Way to Go

Once labelled the "enemy of the internet" -- Tunisia has made tremendous strides in the past two years towards opening up the internet. Still, the country continues to face challenges in its road to expanding freedom online. Afef Abrougui reports

Tunisian court fails to review verdict in Muhammad cartoon case

Tunisian court fails to review verdict in Muhammad cartoon case

Tunisia’s Court of Cassation yesterday failed to review the seven-and-a-half year sentence of Jabeur Mejri, who was convicted last year of publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Mejri’s lawyer, Mohammed Mselmi, told AFP that the demand for an appeal “was mysteriously withdrawn”, even though a hearing had been scheduled

Free speech on hold in Tunisia as rapper faces jail

On 21 March, a Tunisian court sentenced rapper Ala Yacoubi (aka Weld El15) to two years in prison in absentia, over an anti-police song and video, Boulicia Kleb published on YouTube. In the song, Weld El15 describes police officers as “dogs” and says “he would like to slaughter a police officer

Tunisia: Newspaper executive Nasreddine Ben Saida released

A Tunisian court today released Nasreddine Ben Saida, general director of the Arabic-language daily Attounissia, who was arrested on 15 February after his newspaper published a photo German-Tunisian footballer Sami Khedira with his naked girlfriend. Rim Boukriba, a journalist for Attounisia, expressed her discontent about the arrest. “He was treated like

“The internet is freedom”: Index speaks to Tunisian Internet Agency chief

“The internet is freedom”: Index speaks to Tunisian Internet Agency chief

The Tunisian Internet Agency was the Ben Ali regime's instrument for censoring the web. Now, as it attempts to break ties with the past, Afef Abrougui talks to its CEO about the online challenges facing Tunisia