Restrictions made by politicians and administrative workers on journalists edge up

Restrictions made by politicians and administrative workers on journalists rose significantly last July. The number of breaches made by officials doubled compared to June, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)’s monitoring unit revealed. However, violations against freedom of press fell sharply during the same period as only 9 assaults on 15 journalists and press institutions were reported in July against 24 in June. Security forces are responsible for 3 assaults against journalists while public officials and the Public Prosecutor committed only 1 breach in July. Three violation were made…

Tunisian actor reportedly in talks to star in Aladdin as the villain Jafar

Dutch-Tunisian actor Marwan Kenzari is reportedly in negotiations for a potential role as Jafar in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. News of his potential role has been going viral in the Arab world, with many excited for the adaptation of the much beloved animated film already confirming the lead role of Aladdin being played by Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud. Kenzari speaks Arabic, Dutch, French and English and won a Golden Calf for Best Actor at the Netherlands Film Festival for his role in the feature film Wolf in 2013. Will Smith…

Syria is ‘Hell on Earth’ as Sebastian Junger documents in new film

Pop, pop, pop: the sound of constant gunfire fills the air, and it’s nearly impossible to tell who is being targeted. Everyone in Daraa, Syria, who is protesting on the streets is being eyed through Syrian Army scopes. People are chanting with flags and signs, protesting the regime’s taking and torturing teenagers who spray-painted slogans against President Bashar al-Assad on a wall. Bullets hit protesters who hit the pavement. One after another. People are running, yelling to get a car as they carry a bloody body through the streets. The…

Paestum Tourism Bourse launches cooperation with Tunis

The organizers of the Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism in Paestum travelled to Tunisia to work with a group of experts on the development of agreements on cultural cooperation with the North African country. The director of BMTA, Ugo Picarelli, met in Tunisia with the minister of tourism and craft, Selma Elloum Rekik, and the minister of cultural affairs, Mohamed Zine al Abidine, at the invite of Tunisian ambassador to Italy, Moez Sinaoui: at the center of talks were possible cooperation initiatives with the Bourse that every year in Paestum…

Jahwar Soudani wins Best Actor for “The Last of Us”

Jahwar Soudani’ beat Richard Mofe Damijo, Sambasa Nzeribe, Ramsey Nouah and David Oyelowo to win the 2017 AMAA Best Actor for his role in “The Last of Us”   Jahwar Soudani won, on Saturday uly 15, 2017, the AMAA 2017 Best Actor in a Leading  Role for his performance in “The Last of Us.” The actor beat Richard Mofe Damijo, Sambasa Nzeribe, Ramsey Nouah, David Oyelowo, Ibrahim Koma, Amine Ennaji and Dann Jaques Mouton to the award. playJahwar Soudani as N in “The Last of Us” The Ala Eddine Slim film starred Soudani as N, a young sub-Saharan man who crosses the desert…

Commission approves disbursement of €100 million in assistance to Tunisia

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of a €100 million loan to Tunisia.  This represents the third and last tranche of the €300 million Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA-I) programme to Tunisia, adopted in May 2014. The MFA-I programme is part of the EU’s comprehensive efforts to help Tunisia respond to the severe economic difficulties it is facing and the persistent political instability in the region. The operation has supported Tunisia’s process of economic recovery both by providing concessional funding, and by encouraging the implementation of…

UNESCO declares Ahmedabad as India’s first world heritage city

UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, has declared Ahmedabad as a world heritage city, the first city in India to make it to the list. The decision was taken on Saturday night by the World heritage Committee of UNESCO in Karlow, Poland. “Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India”, UNESCO said in a tweet. With this, Ahmedabad has joined other heritage cities like Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Brussels, Rome and Edinburgh. “For over 600 years, Ahmedabad has stood for peace, as a landmark city where Mahatma Gandhi…

TAP and Andalou agency ink cooperation agreement

Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency and Anadolu Agency signed on Friday a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by TAP CEO Lotfi Arfaoui and Anadolu Agency’s Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya and at a ceremony held at TAP headquarters in Tunis. The cooperation agreement covers the areas of exchanging news through various media (text, image, video, graphics or infography). The agreement also provides for developing exchanges of expertise, press and technical delegations in addition to boosting exchange of media contents between the two agencies in various fields and news bulletins…

Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Op-ed co written by Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General The safety of journalists is deteriorating across the globe. Journalists and media workers are victims of censorship, pressure, threats, physical abuse, violent attacks or mortal violence. Tackling this challenge successfully calls for political will and intensified cooperation. We call on all governments to join UNESCO in a renewed and stronger commitment to defend freedom of expression. The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms is a priority of the Swedish government. The…

Western approach erases our memory, Tunisian director Nacer Khemir says

Director of well-received films such as ‘Bab-Âziz,’ ‘The Dove’s Necklace’ and ‘Wanderers of the Desert,’ Tunisian director Nacer Khemir’s new film, ‘Looking for Muhyiddin,’ depicts the life of the great Islamic philosopher Muhyiddin ibn-i Arabi and premieres in Turkey soon. Tunisian director Nacer Khemir is preparing for the release of his movie, “Looking for Muhyiddin,” which focuses on the life of Muhyiddin İbn-i Arabi, in Turkey. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the famous director who is known for his movies, including “Bab’Aziz,” “The Dove’s Lost Necklace,” and “Wanderers of the…