Since the beginning of 2011, the Arab world has been in upheaval. The first free elections in Tunisia and Egypt took place at the end of 2011. However, for both these countries, it remains unclear how they will deal with the social challenges involved in the transition to democracy.
Free and independent media assume a key role in the process. Their role is to present facts and background information clearly, increasing transparency and people’s freedom to form their own opinions throughout society.
Censorship and self-censorship have been features of the media in Tunisia and Egypt for decades and this has hindered the development of a pluralistic media landscape. Many media companies lack basic journalistic expertise that is founded on binding ethical and quality standards. At the same time, social media and citizen journalism are becoming an increasingly important platform for networked information.
Date: October 2013
Localization: Tunis, Tunisia