Boukadous told CPJ he had been sentenced in absentia in December 2008 to six years in prison on charges of “belonging to a criminal association” and spreading materials “likely to harm public order” following his coverage of violent labor demonstrations in the Gafsa mining region. The sentence was upheld on appeal in February 2009.
Having been tried in absentia, Boukadous objected to the ruling after emerging from 17 months in hiding. The court annulled the previous decisions and tried him again on the same charges. Boukadous said he remains free until an appeals hearing scheduled for February.
“We call on the court to overturn this sentence against
Fahem Boukadous on appeal,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle
told CPJ that his hearing lasted 10 minutes, and that the judge asked him only one question, about
his ties to a recent social movement in Gafsa by labor leaders and miners and
others over poor wages and work conditions in southern
other journalists are currently serving prison sentences