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.”
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