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Press freedom suddenly hits #Tunisia: #SidiBouzid /@-sara055 #IranElection /@PERSIA_FREE

Press freedom suddenly hits #Tunisia: #SidiBouzid /@-sara055 #IranElection /@PERSIA_FREE

Tunisian media have witnessed an abrupt and jarring change: After years of oppressive censorship, all restrictions have vanished. Newspapers report freely, journalists work through the night — and it seems as if every Tunisian wants to talk politics. “Castles in France, Bank Accounts in Switzerland, Real Estate in Argentina!” screams a headline on the front page of a Tunisian newspaper. “We’ve begun the hunt for Ben Ali’s riches,” reads the subtitle on Wednesday’s edition of Al Chourouk, which means “dawn.” A competing paper wants to attract readers, too. It shows a photo of a person going up in flames. The story tells about the jobless young academic who set himself on fire and sparked a month of street demonstrations that brought down the Tunisian government last week — only to inspire similar self-immolations across the Arab world. The foreign suicides are meant to star...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/01/22/tunisias-sudden-p...

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