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The Speak Out Tunisia citizen journalism training project aims to return the power of a free and fair press to the people of Tunisia.
The Speak Out Tunisia citizen journalism training project aims to return the power of a free and fair press to the people of Tunisia.
243 backers pledged $20,348 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS SPEAK OUT TUNISIA?

Speak Out Tunisia is a citizen journalism training project that aims to teach a diverse group of Tunisian citizens about digital media and online journalism. After 23 years of oppression without a free press under Dictator Ben Ali, Speak Out Tunisia seeks to return the power of a free and fair press to the Tunisian people. We will be training two groups of citizens-- one beginner group and one advanced group -- for four weeks in the capital city of Tunis and a rural location in Tunisia.

WHO ARE WE?

The Speak Out Tunisia team consists of a passionate group of Tunisians dedicated to building a free press and democracy in Tunisia after the overthrow of Dictator Ben Ali on January 14, 2011. It also includes Anne Medley, a photojournalist and videographer based in the United States who teaches multimedia journalism workshops around the world.

Speak Out Tunisia was created, in large part, by Tunisian PaCTE (Pacte des Compétences Tunisiennes Engagées), a citizen project formed immediately after the revolution to bring together Tunisians and supporters to help build a better Tunisia. In the days following the revolution, thousands of Tunisians living, working and studying around the world joined Tunisian PaCTE, bringing the total number of supporters to more than 6500 members and counting.

The PaCTE team in Tunisia

WHO WILL LEAD THE PROJECT?

Anne Medley will be the lead instructor for Speak Out Tunisia. Anne launched a similar multimedia education project "Congo in Focus" in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010. You can read more about that project and Anne's experience at the bottom of the rewards section.

Anne Medley, lead instructor

WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

Lots! Planning, brainstorming, coordinating with teams in Tunisia and abroad, consulting with experts, etc. At the moment, we're in the final phase of the project -- fundraising and recruiting trainees.  We're working with local universities and city halls in Tunisia to secure the best training facilities for our future students.

WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY FUND?

This project isn't possible without you. We've put together a bare-bones budget that aims to consume little and impact lots. Your money will go straight toward one of the following:

  • Digital equipment (cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, editing software, computers) for this training program (all equipment will be kept and used for future courses)
  • Rental of conference hall and program expenses for closing ceremony press conference with students in Tunis (we will provide live streaming of the ceremony)
  • Airfare, basic accommodations, food and stipend for four weeks in Tunisia for lead instructor

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR REWARDS!

Our Speak Out Tunisia sticker!

A poster of the revolution! (final design will incorporate this image)

Tunisian spices, including the hottest of the hot, Tunisian "Harissa!"

Balgha -- Traditional Tunisian shoes!

A traditional Tunisian woven wool scarf! (women's and men's styles available. Photo is an example, not contractual.)

A book of photos from the Tunisian revolution! 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS!

Your pledge is a pledge for freedom, democracy and truth in Tunisia. It's a pledge to help build a free and fair press in Tunisia and to return the power of free speech to Tunisians after 23 years under a dictator. Feels good, doesn't it?

HOW TO USE KICKSTARTER:

See the list of pledge levels to the right? Kickstarter lets you donate to our project for as little or as much as you want and, in return, we give you our eternal gratitude and some nifty rewards.

Just choose a pledge level, click on it, and you can send us a pledge through Amazon Payments.

Please note that Speak Out Tunisia will only receive your pledge if we meet our funding goal of $19,000. 

MUSIC, PHOTOS AND VIDEO IN OUR VIDEO COURTESY OF:

  • Si Lemhaf
  • Yasser Jradi
  • Badiaa Bouhrizi
  • Bendir Man
  • Nawel Ben Kraiem
    et Armada Bizerta
  • Hamiddedine Bouali
  • Heithem Chebbi
  • Fatma Mokadmi
  • Zied Ben Miled
  • Engagement Citoyen
  • Donna Corless
  • Anne Medley
  • Michelle Gustafson
  • Justin Hubbard
  • Samy Aulicha Banhasi

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Remember the Tunisian revolution with a Speak Out Tunisia sticker and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Own a part of the Tunisian revolution with a digital high-resolution photo download by award-winning Tunisian photographer Hamideddine Bouali, a Speak Out Tunisia sticker and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Spice up your life with a collection of Tunisian spices (including the homemade pepper paste “Harissa,” the hottest Tunisian spice on the market. Your cooking will never be the same again!). This reward includes exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Support free speech with a special Tunisian revolution poster featuring award-winning Tunisian photographer Hamideddine Bouali's work, exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Everyone in Tunisia owns a pair of "Balgha" -- colorful, traditional Tunisian slippers. Now you can, too. Made for men and women. Pad around the house in them, or hang them on the wall to add a splash of color to your home. This reward includes your name in a list of donors, exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Stay warm this winter with a traditional woven wool scarf (perfect for men or women) made in Tunisia. This reward includes your name in a list of donors, exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Own a piece of Tunisian history with "Dégage: la révolution Tunisienne," a beautiful photo book of more than 100 high-quality images from the revolution. This reward includes your name in a list of donors, exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    A medley of Tunisian rewards -- a pair of "Balgha" (colorful, traditional Tunisian slippers), a collection of Tunisian spices (including the homemade pepper paste “Harissa,” the hottest Tunisian spice on the market) and a Tunisian revolution poster. This reward includes your name in a list of donors, exclusive links to students' videos and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    A one-hour customized Skype training session with photojournalist and videographer Anne Medley on video, photography or audio skills, a traditional woven wool scarf (perfect for men or women) made in Tunisia, an exclusive invitation to a VIP cocktail party with the directors of the project during the closing conference in Tunis at the end of April (airfare and accommodations not included), your name in a list of donors and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Live the Speak Out Tunisia project in person! This reward is an exclusive invitation to spend four weeks following lead instructor Anne Medley (airfare, room and board not included) during her training sessions in Tunisia plus an exclusive invitation to the closing conference and VIP cocktail party with the directors of the project in Tunis at the end of April, two nights in a charming traditional hotel in Tunis, your name in the list of donors and a handwritten thank you note from our team!

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