Tunisia

11 million people
4,070 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Partly Free
Free

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In response to civil society organizations’ strong opposition to a government proposal to draft legislation that would regulate their work – potentially imposing new registration requirements and extensive financial reporting – Freedom House issued a statement.

Senior Program Manager, Middle East and North Africa
Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Tunisia’s leaders, particularly President Essebsi, have relied on self-serving political consensus that has slowed democratic reforms and exposed the gap between citizens and government.

Freedom in the World 2015 found that the main factors driving the decline were the passage and use of restrictive laws against the media and and limits on the ability of local and foreign journalists to report freely within a given country.

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

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Freedom House supports democracy and human rights leaders across the Middle East and North Africa region in exposing human rights abuses and pressing for reform.

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Freedom House has worked to strengthen freedom of expression and human rights in Tunisia, where the country’s recent efforts at democratic consolidation created opportunities to adopt new laws.