The Republic of Tunisia, with a population of more than 11.4 million, is located in Northwest Africa, bordered on the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea, with Libya to the southeast and Algeria to the west and southwest. Its capital city, Tunis, from which the country’s name is derived, is located on the northeast coast. Considered the only fully democratic independent nation in the Arab world, Tunisia is a member state of the United Nations and has close relations with several European countries, notably France and Italy. This entry briefly describes the history of Tunisia from ancient times to the establishment of the modern Republic of Tunisia, describes the laws that have governed the media since the inception of the republic, and concludes with ...

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