Yasser Louati is a French political analyst and head of the Committee for Justice & Liberties (CJL). He hosts a hit podcast called "Le Breakdown with Yasser Louati" in English and "Les Idées Libres" in French.
States of Journalism: Freedom of the press was a crucial gain following the 2010 uprisings in Tunisia which saw the fall of Ben Ali’s dictatorship, now Kais Saied’s rule seems set on reversing the revolutionary achievements, writes Yasser Louati.
State of Journalism series: Whilst the Macron government continues to present itself as a defender of press freedoms, Yasser Louati argues that the reverse is true, tracing several moments of media repression and violent targeting.
The scenes of Liverpool fans being met with tear gas by French police at the Champion’s League final in Paris left many shocked, and put the spotlight once again on the historical violence of the institution, writes Yasser Louati.
Protest against French military presence in Chad, similar to those in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger over recent years, are making it clear that across Africa, the people want an end to France’s neo-colonial presence, writes Yasser Louati.
Whilst many hoped that the 2011 uprisings would bring renewal to the repressive practices of former dictators in Tunisia, sitting president Kais Saied is proving that nothing has changed and the people continue to pay the price, writes Yasser Louati.
Victories for social justice groups in France are rare, especially following Macron’s repression under the guise of fighting separatism, but three organisations have proven that it is possible to challenge the state and win, writes Yasser Louati.
Macron and his allies may be celebrating his re-election as a victory, but all that his leadership will be remembered for is the normalisation of the far-right, attacks on the poor and mass distrust in his presidency, writes Yasser Louati.
Macron expects to win the second round of the French presidential elections by calling on people to rally against the far-right, but his term has been defined by this very ideology and voters are increasingly disillusioned, writes Yasser Louati.
The Macron government’s exorbitant spending on consulting firms shows that French public policy is now being decided by faceless, unelected lobbyists from abroad. This is far from reassuring to voters ahead of French elections, writes Yasser Louati.