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Zitouna TV

Zitouna is a general TV news channel close to the Islamist party Ennahda that broadcasts political religious and societal programs. It was created in 2012 by Osama bin Salem, son of an Ennahda leader and financed by businessman, Sami Essid. In 2014, the HAICA refuses to give the TV station a licence, in particular as the station had a direct relationship with a political party. The TV station, which is legally not allowed to exist, nowadays broadcasts with the Nile Sat satellite. It was sanctioned several times by the Tunisian authorities and threatened with seizure of his equipment.

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Chaine Zitouna d'Information et Communication


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Oussama Ben Salem

Affiliated Interests Founder

Leading member of Ennahda, he creates his TV station while his father, Moncef Ben Salem (former leader of Ennahda now deceased) was a minister of the Troika government.


Sami Essid


Lotfi Touati

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Supporter of the Ennahda party, had caused considerable controversy when he was appointed head of Dar Assabah by the government of the Troika, before being sacked.


2 rue des entrepreneurs , Charguia 2, Ariana

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Interview with Lotfi Touati June 2016

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