Al-Jazeera Media Network has awarded the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) £150,000 for a research project on media and politics in Tunisia, entitled ‘Tunisia’s Political Transition and the Developing Role of the Media’. The principal investigator on the University of Cambridge-Al Jazeera Centre for Studies Media Research Project is Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian, an affiliated lecturer at POLIS.
The one year project, which began on August 12, 2013, will examine the relationship between a liberated media and the new political environment in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. Investigation will focus on how conventional as well as social media disseminate critical issues to the public; the intent is to map the development of political narrative in the year following the revolution. Structure, function and agency will be analyzed as the new political and media environments interact.
A workshop in Doha, in conjunction with the AJCS, will review the initial findings of the project, with final conclusions presented in a Cambridge-based workshop in July 2014.