Pesticides in Tunisia: a Poisoned Gift

In Tunisian farmland, pesticides are everywhere. Most farmers are now dependent on these chemicals to cultivate fruit and vegetables and maximize their yields. But with little monitoring and regulation, these pesticides may pose many risks to the consumer.

| 22 January 2020 | 15 minutes

China Cables: China’s Operating Manuals For Mass Internment And Arrest By Algorithm

A new leak of highly classified Chinese government documents reveals the operations manual for running the mass detention camps in Xinjiang and exposed the mechanics of the region’s system of mass surveillance.
| 28 November 2019 | 20 minutes

For the Gabès chemical group, a population is sacrificed

In the Gabès sky, smoke from the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) rises up into toxic clouds. Every day, this pollution engulfs the city and suffocates the inhabitants. For years, farmers, workers, and activists have been mobilizing against the factory’s harmful practices. In their ongoing struggle, many citizens of Gabès refuse to resign.

| 12 November 2019 | 10 minutes

September 15, Images From the Fall of a System

Sunday, September 15. Candidates, campaign teams, and activists are prepared for a long day. As the hours pass by and the sun begins to set, the mood in all but two campaign headquarters drops; the political newcomers emerge. A visual account of the day that saw the fall of a system, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
| 19 September 2019 | 20 minutes

An Election Campaign Haunted by Public Opinion Polls

Since the beginning of the election campaign, public opinion pollsters have been prohibited from publishing their findings. However, they can still conduct private surveys for candidates wanting to know their popularity rates and readjust their platforms accordingly. What impact do these polls have and how are they used?
| 13 September 2019 | 7 minutes

Back to Tunisia, from the Islamic State

In the al-Roj camp in northern Syria, hundreds of women wait in anguish under Kurdish watch. Since the decline of the Islamic State, many of the women who crossed borders to join the group are seeking to return to their countries of origin, by any means necessary. Several Tunisians figure among the captives. 

| 30 August 2019 | 15 minutes

Implant Files: The downplayed risks of breast implants and medical tourism

Despite recent scandals, the breast implants market continues to grow across the globe. In Tunisia’s developing medical tourism industry, service providers take advantage of this trend. Are patients made aware of the risks involved? Implant Files investigates.

| 07 January 2019 | 15 minutes

Children trafficked into domestic servitude: the numbers

According to government records — or the lack thereof — children trafficked into domestic servitude represent one of the most difficult-to-reach groups in Tunisia. Too long trapped behind closed doors, the truth about underage domestic labor is just starting to come out.  

| 24 December 2018 | 10 minutes

Kamel Matmati: When state secrets are buried with the victim

“A few days ago, one of the accused fled to France.”It’s July 10th, 2018, and lawyer Mokhthar Jemai stands livid in a Gabes courtroom. He has just informed the judge that Ali Boussetta, one of the main defendants in the disappearance of Kamel Matmati (the militant islamist last seen in October 1991) is on the run. Several witnesses claim to have seen Boussetta at the first hearing of the case. But now, a body is still not found, defendants are at liberty, and this case hopes to make history. 

| 11 July 2018 | 20 minutes

Biometric ID: The Story of a Failed Bill

On August 5th, 2016, the Ministry of the Interior proposed a new draft law to the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP). The aim: to replace Tunisia’s current national ID card with a biometric ID document. This move was strongly criticized by members of civil society, and the text was eventually withdrawn on January 9th, 2018.
| 22 March 2018 | 10 minutes

Tunisair et Ben Ali, un système impuni au service d’un dictateur

Sous la dictature de Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, tous les moyens sont bons pour satisfaire le président et son entourage. Entre 2008 et 2009, Tunisair est au coeur de deux transactions dont les seul·es bénéficiaires ont été la famille présidentielle. Que ce soit pour vendre des actions détenues par la compagnie à destination des proches du président ou pour acquérir un nouvel avion présidentiel dès que le chef d’État l’exige, tout le système est capable de se mettre en branle à la moindre demande. Depuis, Tunisair n’a connu que des difficultés et des pertes et la loi dite de réconciliation a permis d’enterrer ce dossier.
| 31 January 2020 | 20 minutes

Hamrouni and Aziz: Two Sides of Sex Work in Tunisia

Hamrouni* and Aziz* practice the same profession without having the same rights. She works legally, while he works in secret. From their interactions with the police to the passing gazes of local residents, their daily lives are not at all alike.

| 23 February 2018 | 7 minutes

Neither dead nor alive: unearthing war crimes in Libya

This is the story of an investigation that defied the odds. A handful of investigators made it their highest priority to shine a light on the war crimes being committed in Libya. Over the course of three years, they accomplished what no international body could. 

| 08 February 2018 | 20 minutes

Chronicles of a Russian espionage operation in Tunisia

May 2015, around 18:00. Karim waits in front of the Bizerte church. Samia G. had asked him to return two of the municipality’s registers. “It’s him, Karim, the Russian,” she indicates to the four policemen accompanying her to their meeting point. A Russian espionage operation is about to come to an end. 

| 05 January 2018 | 20 minutes