Monday, June 14, 2004

Tunisia Moves Towards Freedom Of Press

Overlooked, but nonetheless interesting enough to note here all the same. Arabic News.com notes on May 29 that president Ben Ali of Tunisia announced the establishment of a national center for translation, to bridge the gap between Tunisian thinking and the rest of the world. At the same time, some 120 journalists formed what the article refers to as the first independent trade union, aiming to defend press freedom and working conditions.

Just another reminder that the War on Terror is sowing the seeds of civil society in a lot of Middle Eastern countries nowadays.