The Tunisian associative media landscape between development and fragility

Tunis, December 14, 2015. As part of its activities in Tunisia, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has prepared a study on the situation of community radio stations. This work has highlighted a clear change in the policy of the National Office of Broadcasting (ONT) and the National Frequencies Agency (ANF) against community radio stations, especially with the lower costs of frequency allocation, installation and maintenance.

In the same vein, the study has identified the development of representative bodies of community media, especially with the emergence of new initiatives, such as the Tunisian Union of Associative Media (UTMA) and the Union Tunisian of Associative Radios (STRA).

Although the Tunisian associative media landscape has seen a clear growth in many ways, some weak points emerged from the study, such as the issue of sustainability, programming, professional journalistic practices and networking among the various actors.

Indeed, the study, part of a partnership project between AMARC and OXFAM, "wants to help provide an overview of the media landscape in Tunisia and may promote the implementation of new initiatives for the development of freedom of expression and pluralism in the country", says Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC.

It is important to note that this project is part of a strategy of support and assistance from AMARC to the various components of the associative media landscape in Tunisia. With a network that brings together 10 community radio stations that have obtained an FM license from the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) and the existence of several projects of web radios, the Tunisian experience represents a unique model of pluralism today in countries of Maghreb and Mashreq.

For further information, please see «L’État des lieux 2015». (available in French only)