After the Arab spring, Tunisia has been marked by high political tension. Due to unemployment, food inflation, corruption, and lack of free speech, President Ben Ali was ousted from government in January, 2011. After a provisory government, the moderate Islamic party Ennahda came into power in October, 2011 and has been governing ever since.
The Ennahda party has cracked down on press freedom and freedom of speech, developing a culture of self-censorship and constant fear among journalists and citizens.
The Ennahda regime denounces the "counter-revolutionary" movement, claiming that the group is led by supporters of the former Ben Ali regime.