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Rights Activists Speak Out at TMG Event in Beirut

IFEX-TMG Chair Rohan Jayasekera is flanked by Naziha Rjiba (left) and Sihem Bensedrine (right) of Radio Kalima and OLPEC at WAN-IFRA's Arab Free Press Forum in Beirut.
IFEX-TMG Chair Rohan Jayasekera is flanked by Naziha Rjiba (left) and Sihem Bensedrine (right) of Radio Kalima and OLPEC at WAN-IFRA's Arab Free Press Forum in Beirut.

Kristina Stockwood/IFEX

The TMG held a special event in Beirut during the 3rd Arab Free Press Forum, organised by WAN on 12 December 2008. Despite attempts by the Tunisian authorities to disrupt the event, including by preventing journalist Lofti Hidouri of OLPEC and human rights lawyer Mohamed Abbou from travelling, the event managed to attract attention and solidarity from journalists and activists from the region. Naziha Rjiba and Sihem Bensedrine of "Kalima" online magazine and OLPEC said the jailing of Hidouri perfectly illustrates the repression of independent journalists and rights activists in Tunisia. (See Rjiba's presentation at: http://fikra.blip.tv/file/1650768/) Bensedrine read a poetic speech by Abbou, in which he said, "I take this opportunity to say to all who contributed to defending and supporting me when I was imprisoned under the tyranny of dictatorship that their effort did not go in vain, and without their support, my imprisonment would have been much harder. Without this solidarity, those who threatened my family would have carried out their threats." See the video: http://blip.tv/file/1638389/ and see questions from the audience at: http://blip.tv/file/1639013/

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