Throughout the exploration of the different mechanisms (institutions and initiatives) related to media ethics, criticism and transparency in Tunisia, this report suggests primarily to examine their role in the context of changes of media practices and world’s representations, and secondly to question their ability, and lack thereof, to develop the quality of journalism and professional standards. At the institutional level, the media authorities and the professional organizations are the hubs of various meanings and practices related to media accountability. The main concern consists of the definition of accountability issues as responsibility towards the state’s institutions versus responsibility towards the public. A secondary concern is that ›innovative‹ media accountability initiatives are still framed by a paradoxical state policy, which also enhances and tightly controls public debates. Those new initiatives seem also to be strongly linked to the traditional mechanisms, even though the different forms originate from quite different actors: webzines and blogs on the one hand, mainstream media on the other.
For more details see Riadh Ferjani (2011): Tunisia: The Clash of Texts and Contexts. In: Tobias Eberwein / Susanne Fengler / Epp Lauk / Tanja Leppik-Bork (eds.): Mapping Media Accountability – in Europe and Beyond. Cologne: Herbert von Halem Verlag, pp. 181-193.