SNJT next Congress to be held late April 2017

The next Congress of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) will be held by the end of April 2017. According to a press statement released Friday, after the periodic meeting of the executive board of the SNJT, the Congress will be held within its legal deadlines. It is worth reminding that all the members of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists are on duties within the office till now, with the required commitment and responsibility despite hard circumstances the country and the media landscape are going through. The SNJT…

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

The Tunisian government is facing accusations of rolling back access to information and media freedom, through its regulation of information and communication units in ministries, state agencies and other government institutions. Last month, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed issued circular n°4 of 15 January 2017 asking civil servants not to speak to the press and not to reveal official information unless they get the authorization of their hierarchy: The circular further bans civil servants from making statements that “breach professional secrecy and the preservation of the state’s high interests”, preventing “the disclosure of…

Mother, daughter grapple with Tunisian uprisings

Hope Has Two Daughters is a story about the awakening of political consciousness in two women. Nadia is a Tunisian high school student who becomes involved in the 1984 Bread and Couscous Riots. Forced out of school, she abandons her parents and flees her homeland for a new life in Canada. More than 25 years later, Lila is a recent Canadian high school graduate who reluctantly moves to Tunis for several months of intensive Arabic language training. Bored with her classes and looking for meaning, she becomes involved in the…

Tunisia’s new measures for media sector

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced, Saturday at the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)’s headquarters, eleven measures and decisions taken at an inner Cabinet meeting held Friday. They are: – Establish the governance of public advertising for written and electronic press through the creation of a commission setting criteria for granting adverstisment and another one for franting and distributing advertisment. – Devote 5% of the public advertising revenues to the “Amicale” of Tunisian journalists. – Adopt the direct subscription regime of public institutions to newspapers and periodicals, in compliance with…

Guards of the heritage

Outfits displayed of soldiers of the Tunisian army during an exhibition titled “The awakening of a nation”, displaying the art at the dawn of modern Tunisia 1837-1881″ at the Ksar Saïd Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on January 12. The event is a Tunisian art exhibition resulting from a public-private partnership between the National Heritage Institute and the Rambourg Tunisia Foundation. It aims to safeguard the collection of paintings of the National Heritage Institute linked to the reign of the Husseinites, to train restorers and culminate in this exhibition. Trade Arabia…

Arlette Chabot presents in Tunis book of interviews with Caïd Essebsi

French journalist and radio and TV host Arlette Chabot presented on Saturday afternoon her book of interviews with President of the Republic Béji Caïd Essebsi. Entitled “Tunisia: Democracy in Land of Islam,” the book is a compilation of interviews started in October 2015. It is meant for foreign readers and comes as a plea in favour of Tunisia and its distinctiveness in the Arab world, Chabot said. “It is a book where we get to know Tunisia and Tunisians,” she indicated. This determined people decided its own fate and toppled…

Tunisia starts New Year with three festivals in south

The desert and its culture are at the center of three festivals that will be showcased during Tunisia’s tourism season in the south at the beginning of 2017. The first to kick off is ”Desert Extra” in Tataouine, a cultural, touristic and sports event on January 9-11 in Douiret with the aim of showcasing the rich historic heritage and geographical difference of the region, as well as promote its touristic vocation. Concerts, guided tours and open laboratories have been organized. A 42-km marathon has also been organized on the second…

Sarah Jane Morris shoots video in Pompei on migrants

Jazz and soul album on refugees and violence against women NAPLES – The British jazz and soul singer Sarah Jane Morris shot the video for her ‘The Sea’ among the ruins of Pompeii in commemoration of the migrants who have died trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. The video clip was recorded alongside guitarist Anonio Falcone in the small theater of the archeological site and in some places in the Villa dei Misteri. The song is part of the album ‘Compared to What’, which includes others on refugees,…

C.Mabkhout: book fair budget to be quintupled

The budget of the 33rd edition of the Tunis International Book Fair 2017, scheduled for March 24-April 2, 2017 at El Kram Exhibition Centre, will be raised by 500%, announced Director of the event Chokri Mabkhout. “The increase in the budget of the fair was decided in consultation with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to ensure a better organisation of this important event,” he said at a consultation meeting ahead of the Fair held, Saturday. Chokri Mabkhout said after meeting Minister of Culture Mohamed Zine El Abidine that the Ministry…

Arab Spring opened some media freedoms in spite of the overall clampdowns, shows researcher

The Arab Spring opened the door to some greater freedoms in Middle East news media and some social change in spite of reverses from the political upheaval in the region. In a study of four countries in the Middle East in the period immediately following the Arab Spring in 2010-2012 — Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen,  Majid A. Al Zowaimil argues the scrutiny of the media in terms of government power structures was a measure of some success for the revolution. Al Zowaimil graduated yesterday with his Master of Communication…