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Human Rights: Tunisia Tense Ahead of Revolution Anniversary

An elderly man is in serious condition after setting himself on fire in southern Tunisia this week – in an apparent attempt to draw attention to the dire economic situation in the North African country. The act speaks to simmering

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Posted in Human Rights, Liberation

Tunisia: Censorship and Freedom of Speech in the Year That Was

| Written by Afef Abrougui | Sourced from Global Voices (Creative Commons) | Former Tunisian President Zeine El Abidine Ben Ali was an enemy to freedom of speech. With its heavy tactics, his regime attempted to silence all dissidents. The

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Posted in Censorship, Free Speech, Government Control

Human Rights: Arab Spring Gets Mixed Results in Advancing Human Rights

While the so-called Arab Spring, which continues to this day, has had mixed results in advancing human rights, activists around the world say they have been inspired by the movement to fight for change in their own countries. Some are

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights

Tunisia Testing Newfound Freedom of Expression

By Lisa Bryant | Tunis Tunisia’s revolution has exploded longstanding curbs to free expression.  Media, civil society groups and political parties are flowering. Journalist and blogger Haythem el Mekki, 29, earns a living poking fun at politicians for Tunisia’s popular

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Human Rights

Tunisia: A Chance to Get Things Right?

Written by Rebecca MacKinnon This coming Sunday (October 23rd, 2011), Tunisia will hold elections for the constituent assembly that will be tasked with re-writing the country’s constitution. While this election is only the first step in a long and winding

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Posted in Internet Censorship

Tunisian Internet Agency Admits to Testing Western Companies’ Censorship Software

By: Qichen Zhang At the third annual Arab Bloggers Meeting this week, it was revealed that Tunisia has been secretly testing western companies’ censorship software. AB11’s website recently reported that software companies offered discounts to the Tunisian government in order

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Posted in Internet Censorship

EFF Supports Tunisian Internet Agency in Protecting Free Expression Online

Written by Jillian York For years, Tunisians suffered in relative media silence as the Ben Ali regime curtailed digital rights, blocking websites and surveilling citizens. Then, thanks to the hard work of Tunisian free expression advocates who for many years

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Tunisia: Police Brutally Disperses Peaceful Protesters

Tunisian police brutally dispersed protesters outside the headquarters of the Cabinet yesterday (July 15). The protesters were calling for reform and were planning to launch a third sit-in at Kasbah square, which is the epicenter of protests in the Tunisian

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Posted in Human Rights

Tunisian Press Fears Return to Censorship

A new report from international media watchdogs argues that for Tunisia’s democratic transition to succeed, the country needs a strong and independent press. The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) urged the interim government to eliminate censorship,

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Posted in Censorship, Media Censorship

This Week in Internet Censorship

Canadian Filtering Tool Used in Middle East Canadian company Netsweeper produces filtering software that is utilized by several countries to block web sites across various categories. In Yemen, popular blogging site Tumblr is blocked, due to Netsweeper’s categorization of the

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Posted in Human Rights

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