Hamadi Jebali, secretary-general of the Tunisian Islamist Ennadha party, photographed at the UK Houses of Parliament in May 2011.

Tunisia needs a media worthy of its inspiring election

Tuesday’s expected declaration of Tunisia’s election results will say much about the main players in its great adventure in democracy building. It won’t reveal much about what those players plan to do with with their unique mandate. For that you’ll need an independent Tunisian media, in print, on air and online. In turn that means … More Tunisia needs a media worthy of its inspiring election

Archive: Open politics will stretch Tunisia’s Islamists

Index on Censorship and the Tunisian Islamist Ennahda movement never shared much more than a city, and for a while, a common foe. We both have a London base, and both of us shared the hostility of the former Ben Ali regime in Tunis. Conversation was limited to exchanges over faked allegations quickly traced back … More Archive: Open politics will stretch Tunisia’s Islamists

Officer who blew whistle on Tunisia’s bad lieutenants reprieved

Free expression defenders are celebrating Thursday’s decision by a military court to drop charges against a Tunisian policeman who blew the whistle on a still-active core of officers from the country’s pre-revolution days — some of them alleged torturers, others linked to Tunisia’s long notorious internet surveillance squads. Senior Tunisian police commissioner Samir Feriani, a … More Officer who blew whistle on Tunisia’s bad lieutenants reprieved

Samir Feriani and his mother outside the Tunisian military court in Bab Sa’adoun on Thursday, awaiting the verdict on his trial for leaking information about the destruction of an archive of evidence linking Tunisian secret police to torture and other crimes. Photo: Ghias Aljundi.

Blowing the whistle on Tunisia’s bad lieutenants

A Tunisian policeman who blew the whistle on a still-active core of officers from the country’s pre-revolution days – some of them alleged torturers, others linked to Tunisia’s long notorious internet surveillance squads – has been hauled in front of a military court for speaking out. Senior Tunisian police commissioner Samir Feriani, a public critic … More Blowing the whistle on Tunisia’s bad lieutenants