Abstract

Will the revolutionary changes of the “Arab Spring” result in more open and democratic media in the affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa? Using developments in Tunisia as a case study, the authors argue that democratically reformed media, Internet, and spectrum policies can lead to a more enabling and pluralistic environment that encourages new market entrants. Progress has been made, but ongoing challenges in structural and institutional reforms remain. The authors make a series of policy recommendations in the hope that Tunisia can be a model for its regional and global peers.

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Author notes

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Tunisian Internet Agency.

Policy Program Associate, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation.

Policy Director, Access (AccessNow.org).

Director, Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University.

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