Euro-Med Monitor in Tunisia

Since the ousting of the Ben Ali regime in 2011, Tunisians have enjoyed greater freedom of expression, assembly, and association, including the freedom to form political parties. However, several factors hampered the consolidation of rights’ protections. These included the retention of the former regime’s repressive legal arsenal and attempts by the executive branch to control media and prosecute speech offenses. Judicial authorities prosecuted many journalists, bloggers, artists, and intellectuals on account of their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression using penal code provisions criminalizing “defamation,” “offenses against state agents,” and “harming public order,” all of which can result in prison terms.

In January 2014, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.

Tunisia: Investigation of dissidents reflects authorities’ determination to suppress freedoms

Tunisia: Banning opposition party president from travel is part of systematic policy to punish opinion holders

Good news on Euro-Med Monitor’s joint efforts towards ceasing human rights violations – September 2022

Tunisia: Dangerous new presidential decree legitimises invasion of privacy, criminalisation of dissidents

Tunisia: Imprisonment of journalist Saleh Attia another sign of the reduction in freedoms

Draft constitution tampers with Tunisia's democratic foundations

Tunisia: President Kais Saied dismisses, leads smear campaign against judges

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Anas Jerjawi
Euro-Med Monitor's Chief Operating Officer

'Reporting Under the Weight of Fear': Restrictions on the media in Tunisia under the president's exceptional measures (25 July 2021 – 15 April 2022)

'Reporting under the Weight of Fear': Euro-Med Monitor, Journalists for Human Rights report violations against press in Tunisia