Tunisia’s bumpy road to democracy

Last month, the peer-reviewed communication studies journal Publizistik published Prof. Dr. Carola Richter’s assessment of post-revolutionary Tunisia’s media transition(s) entitled “Media policy in times of transition:Tunisia’s bumpy road to transition” (, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp. 325–337).

Her analysis pays special attention to the conditions in Tunisia before 2011, which served as a point of departure for subsequent institutional developments and media policy-making. While many challenges, such as restructuring overwhelming state ownership in the media sector, the murkiness of the judicial stance toward media freedom — to name just a couple — remain, Richter sees an overall positive trend in the democratization of Tunisian media since 2011. Echoing the goals of the MFT project, Richter concludes: “the Tunisian case might be exceptional to the rest of the Arab world, but its current challenges can also be embedded in a broader discussion of media development in post-transition countries such as Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia. This also means that solutions to problems such as crony capitalism in the media should be explored through comparative perspectives.”

The complete article may be accessed here.