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Safi Saïd (Arabic: الصافي سعيد‎‎) (born 22 September 1953) is a Tunisian journalist and writer. He was a candidate in the 2014 Tunisian presidential election and in the 2019 presidential election.[1]
Safi Said
He is considered to be one of the major intellectuals in Tunisia since 2011, especially after the spread of his expression "the Arab Spring" that he coined to refer to the appraisals that took place across several countries in the Arab world back then.
Personal life
In his twenties, Safi Saïd left Tunisia to study history, journalism and political sciences in Algeria. At university, he attended lectures of prominent journalists such as Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, John Fontain, John Daniel and Saad Zahran. Inspired by the left atmosphere that prevailed among the intellectuals at that time, he founded along with a group of Arab and African students the "Voluntaria" movement which allowed him to travel to big cities and across continents.[2]
Saïd visited Angola during the Angolan War of Independence and then he visited Cuba, Vietnam and Iraq. He was arrested in Jordan due to doubts about his left-wing relations and visit to these countries. After his release, he moved to Beirut where he witnessed the Lebanese Civil War starting from the year 1976. He joined the press and published articles in many famous Lebanese newspapers. In the late 1980s he settled in Paris where he established two magazines; Gallery 4 and Africana. He returned to Tunisia, and launched in collaboration with "Jeune Afrique" the Arabic version of the same newspaper.[3]
After the Tunisian Revolution, he launched the newspaper Orabia which was first released as a magazine.[4]
In October 2011, Safi Saïd ran as an independent for Constituent Assembly of Tunisia election, representing the city Gafsa. On the occasion of the 2019 Tunisian parliamentary election, he was elected independent deputy from the second district of Tunis.[5]
As a contributor :
"Al Hadaf" magazine, "Assafir" magazine, "Likul Al Arab" magazine, "Acharq Al Awsat" newspaper, "Al Majala" magazine.
As an Editor in Chief :
"Riwaq 4", Africana, Jeune Afrique in Arabic, Geoarabia, Arabia.
Main publications
His work
  1. ^ "Journalist writer Safi Said bids for presidential election". Tunis Afrique Presse. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Biographie d'Ahmed Safi Saïd, candidat aux élections présidentielles anticipées de 2019". 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Présidentielle 2019 : Biographie de Safi Saïd". 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Biographie de Safi Saïd". 4 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Safi Saïd annonce son élection au parlement". 7 October 2019.
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