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Stories about Tunisia

22 May 2020

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

AdvoxCOVID-19

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID-19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

24 April 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Is this pandemic a health crisis or a war?

COVID-19

War-like rhetoric around COVID-19 has allowed governments in the Middle East and North Africa to execute emergency powers and impose draconian measures that would otherwise be unacceptable.

8 April 2020

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

9 December 2019

Multiple measures failed to control mis- and disinformation in Tunisia's 2019 elections

Advox

In light of the lack of transparency from Facebook and a legal void characterizing the regulation of political ads on social media, measures to counter disinformation were inadequate.

4 December 2019

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

Advox

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

21 October 2019

Ahead of Tunisia elections, social media was flooded with mis- and disinformation

Advox

In the months leading up to the elections, mis- and disinformation spread widely across social media platforms, Facebook in particular.

23 May 2018

Tunisian journalists say police union attacks are having a chilling effect on press freedom

Advox

Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.

30 March 2018

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

Advox

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

14 March 2018

Is Censorship Coming Back to Tunisia? Court Order Bans ‘Blue Whale’ Online Game

Advox

The implications of this decision, if upheld on appeal, would set a new precedent for internet censorship in Tunisia.

1 March 2018

Netizen Report: Tunisian Court Refuses to Ban Online LGBTQ Radio Shams Rad

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

21 February 2018

Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests

Advox

The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.

14 December 2017

Concerns over United States President Trump's Latest Controversial Foreign Policies Loom Large in Africa

"This is not a very diplomatic strategy. Then again, it is coming from a man whose vision and politics are limited by his lack of awareness about the outside world."

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Advox

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

18 May 2017

Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

Advox

This week, Chelsea Manning was finally released from prison, Ukraine censored Russian web platforms and Thailand threatened legal action against Facebook.

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Advox

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

20 March 2017

‘Those Who Tortured Him [Should] Tell Us the Truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

Advox

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

1 March 2017

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

Advox

The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

21 February 2017

Privacy Is Hard to Protect in Tunisia, Thanks to Politics

Advox

Almost six years after the regime's ousting, and despite having a constitution that grants all citizens the right to privacy, Tunisia's privacy law still do not meet international standards.

10 February 2017

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Advox

In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

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