The Career of a Journalist at Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) News Agency and the League of Arab States”, a book written by Mohamed Mamoun Abbassi, former journalist and editor-in-chief of TAP News Agency, was recently published by Berg Publishing House.
In this book, the author recalls his career path, over a third of a century (1974-2007) at Tunis Afrique Presse News Agency, in addition to 10 years of assignment to the Arab League, during the period when the Arab League’s headquarters were transferred from Cairo to Tunis (1979-1990).
Abbassi considered his newly published book a contribution to documenting the path of this national media facility for more than 60 years, since the launch of TAP’s broadcast on January 1, 1961, and the agency’s achievements at the national and regional levels.
The author devotes a significant part of the 140-page medium-sized book to a review of the developments in the Arab scene in the decade between 1979 and 1990, as well as what he learned from his position as press manager in the office of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Professor Chedli Kelibi, about the details of joint Arab action within the various structures and specialised organisations of the League of Arab States.
“The history of Tunis Afrique Presse News Agency is a useful reference for colleagues,” said publisher, Mohamed Bergaoui, commenting on the book’s publication. “This new publication joins the collection of works dealing with the history of this agency”, he added.
During his presentation of the book, Sahraoui Gamoun, journalist and researcher in media and communication sciences, considered it “a qualitative advance in its field, as it combines in its pages the author’s review of aspects of his professional career (at the agency and the Arab League in Tunis) and documentation of TAP’s memory by mentioning many of those who worked at the agency throughout this long period,” according to him.