Latest posts by Afef Abrougui
10 April 2013
A Tunisian court fined two street artists for drawing pro poor graffiti today. The court, however, dismissed the charges of "disturbing public order" and "breaching the state of emergency".
25 March 2013
As Tunisia works to secure a US$1.78 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to cover next year's budget, the government has ignited anger across the country raising taxes and cutting subsidies at a time when the economy is struggling to recover from the country's Arab Spring uprising.
13 March 2013
Twenty-five months after fruit street vendor, Mohamed Bouaziz had set himself on fire, the phenomenon continues in Tunisia. Out of socioeconomic despair, Adel Khadri, a cigarette street vendor set himself alight on March 12 in the capital Tunis. He died today [March 13].
7 February 2013
Protests have erupted in Tunisia following the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Belaid was shot dead outside his house in the early hours of February 6, 2013.
5 January 2013
A military court increased Ayoub Massoudi's suspended jail term from four months to one year. Massoudi, a former advisor to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, was charged with “defaming” the army and “undermining senior officials in the military”, over his declarations regarding the army's role in the extradition process of Muammar Gaddafi's Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoud from Tunisia to Libya.
31 December 2012
In 2012, the battle for freedom of expression continued in Tunisia. Though the internet remained uncensored, free speech advocates voiced concerns over the use of religion as a pretext to curb free speech. Meanwhile, a legal void has characterized the Tunisian media landscape as the government continues to ignore a new press law that protects journalists and limits government interference in media.
29 November 2012
Over the last two days, Tunisian security forces fired shotgun shells at protesters in Siliana (north-west of the country), injuring 265 persons. Clashes erupted in this impoverished interior province, when police clashed with protesters calling for the departure of the local governor.
20 November 2012
On December 5, graffiti artists Oussama Bouagila and Chahine Berriche, are due to stand trial, after police caught them inscribing "the people want the poor's rights" on a wall in Gabes, in South East Tunisia.
2 November 2012
During an interview given to the Israeli Channel 2 News, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he does not have the right to live in Safed, his birth town, now part of Israel. The declaration was considered by proponents of the "right of return" as an abandonment of Palestinian refugees' right to return to the villages and the homes they were forcibly displaced from during the 1948 occupation of Palestine and the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
8 September 2012
Lebanese non-governmental organization MARCH has launched the country's Virtual Museum of Censorship, which seeks to document censorship cases in Lebanon from the 1940s to date.