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Interference on the Airwaves

Rabeb Srairi recently became known from the series "Nouba".  In January 2011, she began working for the radio station Shems FM, which was then owned by Ben Ali's daughter. She soon learns what journalism is really about, when covering what turned out to be one of the most significant events in Tunisian contemporary history. 
14 July 2020
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Created by
Inkyfada Podcast
Directing
Bochra Triki, Monia Ben Hamadi
Recording
Hazar Abidi
Editing & Voice over
Bochra Triki
Music, Sound Design & Mixing
Oussema Gaidi
Subtitles
Roua Khlifi
Illustration
Marwen Ben Mustapha

During the anti-government demonstrations, Rabeb Srairi set out to document the events without any guarantee that the material would pass through the strict censorship that was dominating most media outlets at that time. 

A day before the 14th, she had witnessed the death of a young demonstrator who had been shot by the police. This scene remains ingrained in the memory of the young journalist, ever present but simultaneously distant.

On the day of the 14th, she once again returned to the city centre to demonstrate and take part in all the excitement and turmoil.

Together with her colleagues, she managed to reach the offices of the radio station before curfew. Upon the announcement of Ben Ali's departure, the reactions within the team were clearly divided: those who celebrated, and those who lamented the president's departure.

Ealier that day, Srairi ran into Cyrine Ben Ali (the daughter of the deposed president) in the corridors. She recalls what she had dared to say to her. Rabeb Srairi would never see her again after that... 

The young journalist recounts how the transition from regime owned media to non-controlled media unfolded. In the days that followed, she would learn what journalism really means.

At the radio station, as well as at the Palace of Carthage, major transformations took place after the demonstrations on January 14. Rabeb looks back on this experience that completely changed her general outlook as well as her professional and personal life.

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