There are always a lot of television series aired in North Africa during Ramadan, appealing to a wide audience every day when the fast is broken.
Very often these productions made for Ramadan tackle sensitive subjects, but this year some series have created controversy.
There has been a lot of discussion about a series called Awled Moufida on the private channel El Hiwar Ettounsi. It’s about three brothers born of an adulterous relationship. The HAICA (Haute Autorité Independante de la Communication Audiovisuelle) sent the channel a warning, asking the broadcaster not to transmit the series before 10:30 p.m. and to include a “-16” logo throughout the broadcast.
The same channel was also accused of “violating human dignity” in the series Denya Okhra (Another Life), which portrays people with disabilities in a caricatured manner. A Tunisian charity for promoting the rights of the disabled has announced that it will file a complaint against the broadcaster.
Public television has also received criticism – a series about the armed struggle for independence Galb Edhib raised a lot of hackles. There were complaints about the anachronisms: “to have the armed struggle start in 1948, whereas it actually started in 1952-1954, or to caricature the difference between “bourgeois” towns and the “disadvantaged” countryside, whereas in fact the origin of the armed insurrection was urban.” Because there were so many complaints the producers had to add “This story is a fiction and has no connection with reality.”
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