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.

Draft constitution tampers with Tunisia's democratic foundations

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

Democracy slaughter in Tunisia: Who else is in the picture?

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

Tunisia: Refugees expelled from accommodation centres, UN suspends aid

Tunisia: Journalists receive threats for covering political crisis events

Tunisia: Dissolving parliament violates constitution, further complicates existing crisis

20 migrants drown off Tunisian coast — outcome of Europe's discriminatory policies

Tunisia: High Judicial Council dissolution affects judiciary’s independence, fuels fears of authoritarian rule