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Workshops on "Internet serving freedom of expression" conclude ahead of World Press Freedom Day

(ANHRI/IFEX) - 3 May 2012 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the Tunisian Centre for Freedom of the Press (CTPJ) concluded the fourth session of their workshop entitled “Internet serving freedom of expression,” held in Tunis from 1-2 May 2012.

The workshop included theoretical, technical, and practical training on blogging, social networks, photography, and filming in support of freedom of expression. It also included a specialized session on the management and design of mobilization, support, and advocacy campaigns on the Internet. Finally, the workshop provided a session on the most important local and international legal frameworks that protect freedom of opinion and expression.

Over 25 trainees from Tunis, including civil society activists, bloggers, and journalism students between 18 and 30 years of age participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by the trainers Wael Abbas, an Egyptian journalist and blogger, Mina Mamdouh, an Egyptian researcher at ANHRI, Ghias al-Jundi, the IFEX-TMG advocacy officer,, and AbdulKarim al-Hizawi, Director of the African Centre for Training Journalists and Communicators in Tunisia.

This was the last in a series of workshops held in various parts of Tunisia. The workshops had been held in the cities of Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, and Tunis in the framework of activities launched by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange – Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG).

“The conclusion of the training sessions coincides with World Press Freedom Day. We hope that we have contributed to put the trainees on the right track of the defence of freedom of expression through the use of modern media and technology and on the basis of international treaties and laws guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression and to have different opinions without restrictions or boundaries,” said Fahem Boukadous, coordinator of the training program in (CTPJ).

“These training workshops were vitally important to build capacity among Tunisian youth that greatly suffered under the rule of the dictator Ben-Ali. In the upcoming period, we will be seeking to deepen and repeat the experience on a larger scale in order to reach the largest possible number of young Tunisians,” said Rawda Ahmed, lawyer and deputy executive director of ANHRI.

Download the manual here (in Arabic only.)

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