As we hit the distractions of high summer, political turmoil around the world nevertheless continues. In Tunisia, the launch pad for the Arab Spring and the country which transitioned into a model of regional democracy, the president’s decision to suspend parliament has been interpreted in many quarters as a coup.
However, local voices suggest a more complex picture, with civil society itself divided on the consequences of this unprecedented move and the best next steps to preserve the achievements of the 2011 revolution. In partnership with our colleagues in the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, we highlight two Tunisian reporters, one with a frontline view on the ground and another with an analytical local perspective.
IWPR meantime suffered a very sorrowful loss with the passing of our exceptional and inspirational colleague - and dear friend - Roza Eftekhari. A long-time senior programme director, she lived an extraordinary life even before embarking on her 12 years with us, recently succumbing to a long struggle with cancer. Our tribute is here, and we are seeking to establish a women’s reporting fund in her name.
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What Next For Tunisia?
Uncertainty over prospective road map for the country’s democratic future.
“All the presidents before him promised to improve our social and economic conditions, then we discovered that they only want power and don’t do anything for the people.”
Ten Years on From Revolution, Tunisia in Uncharted Water
Many Tunisians are disillusioned with the entire political system and the democratic process.