Bloggers aim to establish plurality in Tunisian media
Nawaat, a group blog which played an important part in the Tunisian revolution, has been working with Tunisia\'s Ministry of Youth and Sports to train citizen journalists. Sixty people with an average age of 17 have
now been trained and local blogs have been established in six areas – Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine, Bizerte, Makther, Gafsa, and Gebili (all located in Tunisia\'s interior and south).
It heralds a big change from the era of ousted leader Zine El Abidine when information was centrally controlled and monopolised by a few media outlets. Nawaat stated: \"The goal is to have a national network of alternative and citizen media, using simple blogging platforms, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts as the collectives\' technical support. The project embodies the heart of grassroots journalism: decentralising information by helping local citizen journalists create their own regional content through a network covering issues directly relating to local residents.\"
The project aims to have 15 regional blogs running by the end of this year.