, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 325–337 | Cite as

Media policy in times of transition

Tunisia’s bumpy road to democracy
  • Carola Richter
Medienpolitik international

Introduction: media, transition and high expectations

Writing status reports about media freedom in times of transition is an unrewarding job. Observations from yesterday are often obsolete tomorrow due to fast changes in the political environment that often also affect the media sector. Moreover, transition processes raise high expectations not only among those involved but also among observers on what should and what should not be. Literature on media and transition is thus often highly normative and evaluative by nature.

Tunisia exemplifies these patterns of writing status reports quickly and with a normative approach. Unlike other transformation countries in the region such as Egypt and Iraq, it had previously not been in the focus of neither political scientists nor communication scholars. If at all, its bigger North African neighbors Morocco and Algeria featured more prominently in the literature on transformation. Tunisia is now being monitored more closely, however, since it is...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Publizistik- und KommunikationswissenschaftFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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