Tunisians of Semmama celebrate mountain culture to challenge extremism

The Shepherd Festival at Mount Semmama, near the Tunisian-Algerian border, brings a message of peace and resistance in an area often only known as a hideout for terror groups. In the countryside outside Sbeitla, in the Kasserine governorate of western central Tunisia, lies a small hill at the foot of Mount Semmama framed by a sunset sky. Vehicles of the National Guard lined up and a smattering of soldiers could be seen on Darwish hill. The hill, named after the acclaimed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was the venue for  “The…

2-day world conference of news agencies opens in Islamabad tomorrow

A two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) to highlight Pakistan’s constructive image and promote collaboration among news, disseminating bodies to cope with the challenges of media revolution, will be held on May 13-14. The conference, to be instrumental in promoting country’s soft image amongst comity of nations, will have participants from 20 countries including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The event, being organised under the theme, “Pakistan’s Media Opportunities and Challenges with special focus…

Seventh edition of Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama on May 11, 12 and 13, 2018

The mountains of the world meet in Semmama The seventh edition of the Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama will be held from May 11 to 13 on the theme “Mountains of the World Meet in Semama”, with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Ramburg Foundation. This event is the only one that celebrates the shepherds in the Arab world that has been largely echoed by foreign media. World media  will come to Mount Semama to cover an event in which the inhabitants of the mountain declare…

2018 World Press Freedom Index: Tunisia still 97th

Tunisia has kept its 97th position at the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (French: RSF) to rank 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Tunis, RSF Editor-in-Chief Virginie Dangles pointed out that Tunisia remains a model where freedom of press is relatively satisfactory. “However, RSF has observed this year offences and legislative actions that fail to ensure the freedom of press in addition to obstacles hindering the exercise of…

ASBU’s Arab Radio and TV Festival opens tomorrow in Tunis

The 19th Arab Radio and Television Festival organised by The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) will be held from 26-29 April 2018 in Tunis. The festival is organised in cooperation with the Tunisian Radio and Tunisian Television Establishments and in partnership with the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat). Speaking about the event, Abdelrahim Suleiman, Director General of ASBU said: “The annual festival aims to contribute to the development of the Arab radio and TV production and improving its quality so as to meet the needs of member corporations. The festival…

Visiting the Tunisian desert where ‘Star Wars’ was filmed

There’s a reason the original “Star Wars” movie was filmed here in the deserts of southern Tunisia. This stark, remote landscape looks like another planet. One of Tunisia’s vast desert regions is even called Tataouine, like Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tattoine. And the underground home where Luke Skywalker first appeared living with his uncle and aunt is a real hotel in the town of Matmata, one of various desert locations used in the movies.  “It looks just like the film,” said Lorenzo Bresciani, one of two young touring Italian professional…

Arabsat participates in Arab Radio and Television Festival

ARABSAT is sponsoring and participating in the 19th Arab Radio and Television Festival, which will be held from 26th-29th April 2018 in Tunis, in the presence of a number of media professionals in the Middle East and North Africa region. Speaking about the company’s longstanding relationship with the Arab States Broadcasting Union, which hosts the event, Eng. Khalid Bin Ahmed Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat said: “We have an excellent working relationship with the Arab States Broadcasting Union and we have many common successful projects such as the global TV bouquet and MENOS project…

Free museums and archaeological sites in Tunisia On Unesco international day

Tunisia is celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites, set up by Unesco in 1983, with free entrance to museums and archaeological sites across the country. According to data provided by the National institute of Tunisian heritage (Inp), Tunisia currently has 1,200 archaeological sites and 40 museums. On May 18 the country is also celebrating its annual heritage month during which a number of cultural events will be organized to promote Tunisia’s material and immaterial heritage. The 27th edition of heritage month this year is celebrated under the theme…

UNESCO to Combat Extremism through Youth Projects in Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

UNESCO will launch April 24 a pilot project: “Youth Preventing Violent Extremism” in four Arab countries, namely Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Funded by the UN Counter-terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and Canada, the project seeks to empower youth in the fight against extremists and fanatics through education programs that help build learners’ resilience to violent extremism and mitigate the drivers of the phenomena. This initiative also aims to promote education as a tool to prevent extremism and strengthen the capacities of national education systems (policies, teachers, educational contents) to appropriately and…

Journalists should work together to drive quality reporting, says Google

Cooke noted that collaboration among journalists from various media organisations will tackle the challenge of verification. With the demand for quality journalism and information that people can trust growing as high as ever been, it would be best for journalists to band together and collaborate in gathering news and fact-checking, a senior official at Google said during the 17th Arab Media Forum in Dubai on Wednesday. London-based Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab International, said news organisations should work together and utilise technology effectively in order to survive the…