Tunisia - Alerts
The reform movement that began after the revolution has ground to a halt.
El Hiwar Ettounsi has been repeatedly threatened in recent months on Facebook, on which reference was made to an attack a few days before it took place.
Some articles of the criminal code are being used unlawfully to convict journalists and bloggers, yet these are obsolete under the new press code, law 115, says RSF.
Tension had been fuelled by recent talk of “privatization of the public media” by Ennahda Movement leader Rached Ghannouchi and Ennahda political bureau member Ameur Laarayedh.
The crackdown on protesters and journalists marked the worst violence seen in the country since the fall of Ben Ali's regime in January 2011.
Human Rights Watch calls for the revision of laws that set prison terms for “offending public morals”.
While covering a meeting that brought together a number of political parties, Lotfi Hajji was expelled for his political views and assaulted outside of the meeting hall.
RSF is aware of at least seven attacks on journalists during the demonstration, with one assault resulting in a broken arm for one of the journalists.
After having been kept in pretrial detention for a week, Nasreddine Ben Saïda was released pending his trial on 8 March 2012.
Nasreddine Ben Saida remains in pre-trial custody on charges carrying a possible sentence of six months to five years in prison, despite the implementation of a new press law which protects journalists from such charges.
An appeals court should throw out the prison sentence against journalist Abdel Aziz al-Jaridi at a 10 February hearing and authorities should use his case as an opportunity to break from the repressive practices of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's era, CPJ said.
Anis Al-Marabty was arrested at his home by plainclothes officers who, after asking him if he was the author of the song "Shy Matbadel" [Nothing has changed], confiscated his computer and took him to an unknown location.
For broadcasting the film, Nabil Karoui faces up to three years in prison for libeling a religion, and up to five years for distributing or displaying information "that can harm public order or good morals."
The announcement made by Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to appoint editors-in-chief and managing directors of media goes against international obligations of the Tunisian Government to provide for media independence.
Demonstrators who are demanding imposition of their own interpretation of Islam in the curriculum and in campus life have interrupted classes, prevented students from taking exams, confined deans in their offices, and intimidated women professors.
A judge called for Tunisia TV's closure after it aired an interview with a Tunisian Communist Labor Party leader, in violation of election regulations.
Police assaulted protesters and used tear gas to suppress a demonstration in front of the Ministry of the Interior.
RSF reiterates its opposition to filtering, which has proved to be ineffective in other countries in the past and ends up blocking websites that are not targeted as well as those that are.
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RSF regards Prime Minister Essebsi's comments about journalists, portraying them as troublemakers and blaming them for the current unrest, as dangerous for the state of free expression in the country.