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A Tunisian nonprofit and independent watchdog launched a center to support and guide victims of corruption, to encourage citizens to report administrative and financial corruption, and to create a favorable climate to promote accountability.

Source: Who protects Tunisian corruption whistleblowers?

Citizens in Tunisia are creating platforms that help report episodes of corruption in the country, since many are reluctant to use the government’s services for fear of retaliation. Seeing citizens unite to promote freedom is always optimism-inducing, highlighting a rise in civil consciousness and engagement.

As it seems to have become increasingly common, we need to ask ourselves if independent organizations can substitute the government in the protection of citizen’s rights. Can civil society organizations really be independent? Or will they always defend an agenda and a worldview that doesn’t represent the whole population of a country? Can this be balanced by their proliferation?

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