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To support freedom of expression and access to information through training and the production of specialist content in order to strengthen journalists' coverage of human rights in Tunisia.
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Since 2011 Tunisia been undergoing profound political, economic, social and cultural change. The adoption of the January 2014 Constitution signalled a major step forward in the transition to democracy.
The improving human rights situation in the country is central to this process. Indeed, although economic and social problems triggered the Revolution, this upheaval has led to demands for civil and political rights.
This new project in Tunisia, known as Kalimat Horra (free words), forms part of the wider 'Projet d'Appui aux Droits de l'Homme et à l'État de Droit' (Project for Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law, PADHED), which is supported by the Agence Française de Développement. It is being conducted in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry responsible for relations with constitutional institutions, civil society and human rights, and combines three types of initiatives: training, and providing support in first producing and then circulating specialist content focusing on Human Rights. These activities will make it possible for Tunisian journalists, defenders of rights and civil society organisations to reflect on matters and work together.
The media play a crucial role in ensuring smooth transitions to democracy, reporting radical rhetoric and defending human rights.
Abdelbasset Ben Hassen, Président of the Arab Institute for Human Rights
Around twenty journalists, both staffers and freelancers, from the public and private sectors, and also bloggers and other media figures of proven profile and popularity.
1.Organisation of three workshops on current major media issues in Tunisia
Freedom of expression (state regulation), ethics (self-regulation by professionals).
Freedom of expression: what are the implications for governance of public media? The role of the media in the production and dissemination of an alternative discourse whilst safeguarding freedom and plurality of expression.
Talking about freedom of expression in Tunis
May 23, 2017
On 17 May 2017, a workshop was held on Freedom of Expression: Regulation, Self-Regulation and Media Governance, which was attended by journalists and representatives of human rights organisations.
Terrorism and hate speech: what role should the media play?
February 12, 2018
On 15 and 16 December 2017, 80 Tunisian journalists and institution representatives gathered together in Hammamet to discuss the role of the media in creating an alternative dialogue to combat radicalisation and extremism.
2.Backing for multimedia editorial projects (radio, video, text, infographics, photography, etc.) on the topic of human rights
Call for proposals on a set of roughly ten topics, open to all journalists, bloggers, YouTubers, and so on. Those involved are free to choose their medium, with preference being given to innovative formats.
Call for proposals for editorial projects on the issue of human rights
November 20, 2017
Are you a journalist, blogger or YouTuber in Tunisia with an interest in the humanitarian cause? This project was made for you.
Two human rights investigations awarded prizes in Tunis
November 16, 2018
To mark the first Assises Internationales du Journalisme [International Journalism Conference], which took place in Tunis on 15-17 November 2018, CFI and AFD awarded two prizes to Tunisian journalists.