April 7, 2014

The Scoop That Helped Save Tunisia

Thomas Bass, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

The most famous investigative reporter in Tunisia is a 32-year-old blogger named Olfa Riahi. She broke the country’s biggest post-revolutionary news story—known as Sheratongate –and  helped to save the country’s liberal revolution from the Islamists. When Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa met with President Barack Obama on Friday he was promised $500 million in loan guarantees and heard America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. But without Riahi, that transition might have come to a dead end.

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TAGGED: Mehdi Jomaa, Arab Spring, Islamists, Olfa Riahi, Tunisia

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