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…

Review: ‘As I Open My Eyes’ is a fine Tunisian film

Farah is a fiery 18-year-old who wants to skip her chance go to medical school to study music and play in a band with her boyfriend. Hayet is her fiercely protective mother, who is having nothing of her daughter throwing away her future to chase her musical dream. That is pretty standard stuff. It soon becomes apparent that Farah’s music and her association with her band members is dangerous. Why?  “As I Open My Eyes” is set in Tunisia in 2010, and Farah and company are protest singers, dissenting against…

Strike at Euronews

Over the past 24 hours, 68 euronews employees based at the channel’s headquarters in Lyon, France, joined a strike against the management’s plans to slash jobs and change working conditions. That represents around 60 percent of those who were on rota to work in the newsroom during the course of the day. This move follows a no confidence vote last week organised by Euronews journalists and technicians against the current management by 205 to 34 (with 52 abstentions). It shows that there are many members of staff who are unhappy…

The Countries Where People Trust The News Most And Least

Amid a deluge of fake news stories, do people still believe what they hear on the radio, watch on television and read in their newspapers every morning? Fact and fiction are becoming increasingly blurred in global news columns with the U.S. presidential election in particular experiencing a flood of misinformation. Worryingly, a recent survey from Buzzfeed and Ipsos claimed that Americans are fooled by news headlines 75 percent of the time. The Reuters Institute For The Study Of Journalism recently released a report showing trust levels in news provision across different…

Tunisia: Hele Beji Wins French Acedemy’s Hervé Deluen Grand Prix

Tunisian female writer Hele Beji has been crowned winner of the famous French Academy Award Hervé Deluen Grand Prix for her exceptional efforts for the promotion of the French language. The 68 years old Tunisian scholar is founder and director of Collège international de Tunis. This daughter of Tunisian politician Mondher Ben Ammar, who had worked for UNESCO, authored several books including “Désenchantement national”, “L’Œil du jour”, “Une force qui demeure” and “Islam Pride.” She was celebrated in 1983 by peer writers as winner of Prix de l’Afrique méditerranéenne, awarded…

Record Number of Journalists Jailed in 2016, Press Advocacy Group Says

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. More journalists are jailed around the world than at any time since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping detailed records in 1990, with Turkey accounting for nearly a third of the global total, CPJ found in its annual census of journalists imprisoned worldwide. Amid…

As an unhappy man takes control of his destiny, so does a country in Hedi

At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Tunisian drama Hedi won both the best first feature-film award, for director Mohamed Ben Attia, and best actor, for its star Majd Mastoura. The film is an ambitious character study that tries to make sense of the so-called Jasmine Revolution of 2011 by telling the story of a man, Hedi, who is having serious doubts about getting married, with just a week to go before the ceremony.  As with all the best films featuring stories that work as metaphors, audience enjoyment does not rely…