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March 27, 2014

Tunisia: Regime and citizens still commit violations against media professionals

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has denounced the suspension of a group of media professionals and the confiscation of their channel’s equipment, after a car linked to the National Army in Tunisia stopped them. The media professionals are Mokhtar Al-Kuholi , reporter for Jawhara FM , Qais Ammari , head of Al-Shorouk newspaper office in Sidi Bou Said, and Nour Al-Din Al-Saeedi , reporter for Elhiwar Ettounsi TV . A car, linked to the National Army in Tunisia, on March 18... MORE
July 20, 2011

Police attack journalists during Tunis demonstrations

While hailing Tunisia’s progress in respect for civil liberties, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is disturbed by the violence that the security forces deliberately used against journalists during a demonstration in central Tunis on July 15 and by the fact that the Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi held the media partly responsible July 18 for the current social and political unrest. When around 100 people tried to demonstrate outside the Kasbah Palace in Tunis on... MORE
June 27, 2011

Tunisia: New authorities fail to issue broadcast media licences

Tunisia’s new authorities have failed to to issue any broadcast licences in the six months since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster. They are supposed to be building a new, free and democratic Tunisia, but no democracy will be possible without truly independent media, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reacted. The Tunisian broadcast media landscape has not been renewed. No licences have been awarded, either to media that already operated clandestinely under... MORE
May 10, 2011

Tunisia: Journalists demonstrate against last week’s police violence

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the police violence to which 15 journalists were subjected while covering the three days of demonstrations in the capital that began on May 5. Making no attempt to distinguish between protesters and media personnel, the police roughed up reporters, carried out arrests and confiscated or smashed equipment. “The use violence against journalists by the police in recent days is like a bad memory,” RSF secretary-general... MORE
May 6, 2011

Journalists beaten by police in central Tunis

Reporter Abdelfattah Belaid was brutally attacked in Tunis Friday by police officers who pursued him into the headquarters of his newspaper, the French-language daily La Presse , after spotting him taking pictures of them dispersing protesters in the street outside. He was the second journalist to be beaten by police in Tunis in the past 24 hours. Belaid was photographing police officers using force to disperse demonstrators on Bourguiba Avenue when three police noticed him and set off in... MORE
January 22, 2011

Ailing TV reporter freed after 189 days in Tunisia prison

Fahem Boukadous, a correspondent for the satellite TV station El Hiwar Ettounsi, has been released after 189 days in detention, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. He had been serving a four-year jail sentence for allegedly participating in protests in the Gafsa mining region, 350 km south of Tunis, in 2008. Originally imposed in his absence, the sentence was confirmed by a Gafsa appeal court on July 6 and Boukadous was arrested nine days later. He was... MORE
January 19, 2011

Tunisia: French photographer dies from injury suffered on day of Ben Ali’s departure

Lucas Mebrouk Dolega , a young French photographer working for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), has died in Tunis’ Rabta hospital from the head injury he suffered when the police are said to have deliberately fired a tear gas grenade at him on January 14. “Our thoughts are with his family, his partner, and his friends,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “The circumstances of this tragedy, including the possibility that that he was deliberately targeted... MORE
January 14, 2011

IFJ backs journalists' strike against violence and press gag in Tunisia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has supported the decision to take strike action by members of the Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens (SNJT), an IFJ affiliate, in protest over the attempts to censor media coverage of month-long riots over corruption and unemployment which have claimed 21 lives so far. "Journalists in Tunisia are right to show solidarity with citizens and to oppose violent repression of the people's right to express their legitimate concerns," said... MORE
January 14, 2011

Tunisia must end crackdown on media

Tunisian authorities must end their weeks-long crackdown on bloggers and reporters covering street protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists has demanded. Scores of journalists have been detained in the past four weeks, three of whom remain in custody. Local and international reporters have faced continued harassment, including detention, restrictions on movement, and denial of entry into the country. CPJ called on Tunis to release the imprisoned journalists immediately, grant access to... MORE
January 12, 2011

Censorship unabated in Tunisia

Tunisian journalist Nissar Ben Hassen of Radio Kalima was arrested Tuesday after posting video footage of events in Chebba, 65 km north of the city of Sfax, online. He was editing another video on the violence in Mahdia at the time of his arrest, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Members of a special presidential unit arrested him shortly after midday at his home in Chebba. It is not known where they took him. Police meanwhile continue to ring the... MORE