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NAFCC reiterates its concern after a fourth incident in 2018

Posted on March 13, 2018

The NAFCC deplores a new incident and expresses its concern over the pressure on journalists.

On Monday 12, March 2018, two plain clothes policemen attended at the house of Mr. Hamdi Tlili – a Tunisian citizen who works as a reporter for France 24. At that time Mr. Tlili was absent, and so the policemen waited in the street outside his house until his return. Upon his arrival they questioned Mr. Tlili about his work. In particular they referred to two reports from 2012 and 2017 which Mr. Tlili had worked on and asked him to identify a person who had appeared in these reports but whose face had been blurred out. Mr. Tlili was further questioned about his family (names, jobs…). When he asked why he was being interrogated the policemen told him that this was normal procedure as he worked for a foreign media channel.

The NAFCC notes that according to the fundamental principles of press freedom, a journalist is not obliged to reveal his sources. The attendance of police or security forces at the home of a journalist and his family is regarded as a form of intimidation.

Hamdi Tlili is a journalist of several years experience and is fully accredited to work as a journalist, carrying both the national press card and monthly filming permit.

This is the fourth incident since January of this year to be reported by a member of a foreign media based in Tunis. Earlier this year the NAFCC had audience with the offices of the Prime Minister and the President of the Tunisian Republic. The association noted the government’s commitment to respect the freedom of the press in Tunisia and the working conditions of foreign correspondents. However now the NAFCC is waiting for concrete action by the State of Tunisia. The procedures in place must be respected by the security forces. Every journalist must be able to work freely, especially if he or she holds a press card accredited by the Presidence of the Government of Tunisian Republic.

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Members of NAFCC

Posted on April 28, 2016

Farida Ayari-Freelance (Enjeux Africains)

Maryline Dumas-Freelance

Mathieu Galtier-Freelance

Sarah Mersch

Guillaume Klein-AFP

Ines Bel Aiba-AFP

Frederic Bobin-Le Monde

Thessa Lageman-Freelance (ANP)

Jihane Bergaoui

Fanny Hargestam

Annette Steinich

Sarah Souli

Ricard Gonzalez-El Pais

Sandro Lutyens-France 24

Carlotta Gall-New York Times

Farah Samti-New York Times

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh-Freelance

Yasmine Ryan-Freelance

Nazanine Moshiri-Al Jazeera

Michaelle Gagnet-Freelance

Justine Fontaine-Freelance/Radio France

Nancy Porsia-Freelance

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The new NAFCC board

Posted on April 27, 2016

Procès Verbal de l’Assemblée générale du 28 janvier 2016

The General Assembly of the NAFCC took place on January 28th 2016. List of members who attended: Sarah Mersch, Frédéric Bobin, Sarah Souli, Carlotta Gall,  Farida Ayari.

The GA took note that Naveena Kottoor, Yasmine Ryan, Camille Lafrance and Sarah Mersch have left the board.

New elected board: Frédéric Bobin, Farida Ayari, Sarah Souli, Carlotta Gall.

Then the board elected:
Frédéric Bobin, as President (Mb: + 216 –
Farida Ayari, as Vice-president.
Sarah Souli, as General Secretary
Carlotta Gall, as Treasurer


The new NAFCC board


L’Assemblée générale du NAFCC a eu lieu le 28 janvier 2016. Etaient présents: Sarah Mersch, Frédéric Bobin, Farida Ayari, Sarah Souli, Carlotta Gall.

L’Assemblée générale a pris note du départ du bureau de Naveena Kottoor, Yasmine Ryan, Camille Lafrance and Sarah Mersch.

Les présents ont élu le nouveau bureau: Frédéric Bobin, Faradi Ayari, Sarah Souli et Carlotta Gall.

Ils ont ensuite élu Frédéric Bobin au titre de président; Farida Ayari, vice-présidente; Sarah Souli, secrétaire générale: et Carlotta Gall, trésorière.


Le nouveau bureau du NAFCC

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About us

Posted on July 3, 2014

The North Africa Foreign Correspondents’ Club (NAFCC) is an association of professional journalists. It was set up in 2014 under the Tunisian association’s law with an office based in Tunis.

NAFCC represents the professional interests of regionally based journalists working for international media in North Africa’s countries (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Egypt).

NAFCC, also, ensures that its members fulfill their reporting duties freely and independently, defending a free media and protecting journalists.

As part of its activities, the Club, regularly, invites important guests and experts, in Tunisia for meetings to chat and exchange with its members.

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Posted on July 2, 2014

The North Africa Foreign Correspondents’ Club was launched in Tunisia in early 2014. It represents the interests of journalists based in the region, working for international media.

The Club will act whenever it deems necessary, on behalf of its members to ensure that they can work freely. It regularly invites prominent guests and experts, for special sessions with its members. It also organises training sessions for its members.

The Club is a non-profit association, established under tunisian law and registered to the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia on 6 november 2014.

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Posted on June 14, 2014

The NAFCC also provides professional training to its members that includes: first aid, cyber-security, and security training.

The club will soon be hosting a two-day Hostile Environment Training course taught by the International News Safety Institute.


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Posted on June 14, 2014

The club invites a prominent guest or expert for an off-the-record meeting every month. Since the NAFCC’s first meeting in January 2014, guests have included:


Meeting with Wided Bouchamaoui


François Gouyette, the French ambassador to Tunisia

Hamadi Jebali, former Tunisian prime minister

Wided Bouchamaoui, president of the Tunisian Union for Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts (UTICA)

Samir Dilou, member of Ennahda and former Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister

Jacob Kolster, director North Africa at the African Development Bank

Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Nida Tounes

Meeting with Beji Caid Essebsi

Meeting with Beji Caid Essebsi

Antonio Nucifora, World Bank’s lead economist for Tunisia

Chafik Sarsar, president of the Independent higher authority for elections

Michael Béchir Ayari, International Crisis Group’s senior Tunisia analyst


Amine Ghali, director of Kawakibi center for democratic transition

Hamish Cowell and Michael Aron, British ambassadors to Tunisia and Libya

Flavien Bourrat, researcher at IRSEM, defence expert

Mohsen Marzouk, advisor of the president Béji Caied Essebsi

Bob Rijkers, World Bank expert

Rafaa Tabib, Libya expert

Sergio Latouna, Researcher & consultant specialized in political islam & jihadist movements in the Maghreb, at Instituto de Seguridad Global.

Maxime Poulin, Security Analyst at DCAF


Daniel Rubinstein, US ambassador to Tunisia

Bochra Belhaj Hmida, MP

Ziad Laadhari, minister of Industry and Trade

Yassine Brahim, president of Afek Tounes and former minister

Karim Ben Smail, Cérès Editions

Hichem Ben Ammar, founder of Djerba Doc Days

Mourad Mathari, Jazz à Carthage

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