The media sector is arguably the biggest beneficiary of the freedom of expression that Tunisia gained following the 2010-2011 revolution. This is attested by international reports, like the most recent Reporters Without Borders assessment, that ranked Tunisia 73rd in the world in terms of freedom of the press in 2021, up from 139 prior to the revolution.
A number of national affairs analysts consider that media outlets, whether public, private, or associative, have indeed made good use of this new climate. This can be seen in the increasing interest on issues like the fight against corruption and investigative journalism.
A number of actors in the media sector, however, have a different take on the subject. This side sees that the media scene in Tunisia is experiencing a phase characterized by chaos and taking advantage of this new climate, whether by bypassing licensing laws for television and radio channels, or due to confusion over freedom of expression and creativity, and respecting the rights of others in untethered searches for excitement and high viewership rates.
In light of these divided opinions, The Munathara Initiative poses the question: #Zaama are Tunisian media making the right use of freedom of expression?