Tunisia

2009

Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisian authorities mistreating imprisoned journalist

New York, December 11, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the health and detention conditions of Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik and the flagrant and recurrent violations of his right to see his wife and lawyers.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisia jails two critical journalists and harasses others

New York, December 1, 2009The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the rising imprisonment of critical journalists in Tunisia. Harassment has been escalating since President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali threatened to prosecute anyone who casts doubt on his reelection for a fifth five-year term in office on October 25. Journalists Zuhair Makhlouf and Taoufik Ben Brik were both sentenced to jail terms in the past week. Ben Brik has filed an appeal and Makhlouf plans to, according to their lawyers. 

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia

Honored for their work, threatened at home

CPJ introduces 2009 International Press Freedom Awardees


Naziha Réjiba (CPJ/Jeremy Bigwood) Washington, November 19, 2009Naziha Réjiba, editor of the Tunisian online news journal Kalima, said she knows what to expect when she returns home—surveillance, harassment, and threats conducted by one the world’s most repressive governments.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

In Tunisia, government harassment of journalists on the rise

New York, November 4, 2009The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged that Tunisian police stripped and mistreated journalist Taoufik ben Brik, a well-known contributor to French newspapers and one of the top critics of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, during his arrest on October 29. CPJ urges Ben Ali to order Ben Brik’s immediate release and to end the intensifying campaign of intimidation and assaults against critical reporters, and censorship.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

As Tunisian elections near, attacks on press mount

Even with Ben Ali virtually assured of victory, his government is allowing no dissent. (AFP)

New York, October 22, 2009Tunisian authorities must halt harassment of independent journalists, release a journalist jailed for taking photographs, and allow a prominent French reporter to enter the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ has documented a spike in government attacks on independent journalists as Tunisian presidential and legislative elections approach‎.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

CPJ calls for end to Tunisian campaign against Al-Jazeera

New York, September 24, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Tunisian government-backed smear campaign against the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television station. The campaign has had a negative impact on freedom of expression in Tunisia.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

In Tunisia, court orders transfer of syndicate board

New York, September 8, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Tunisian court’s decision to recognize a pro-government board of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ). Police today physically evicted members of the previous independent board from the syndicate’s offices, according to local journalists.

September 8, 2009 4:49 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tunisia

In Tunisia, government allies oust syndicate board

New York, August 17, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ousting of the board of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ) on Saturday. The syndicate was the only independent organization of its kind in Tunisia for critical journalists, providing them with syndication services among other benefits.

August 17, 2009 4:40 PM ET

Letters   |   Tunisia

Tunisia must end reprisals against critical journalists

Dear Mr. President: As Tunisia's October presidential and parliamentary elections draw closer, the Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you for the second time in four months to protest reprisals against critical journalists and their families. It is inconceivable that free and fair elections can take place in an environment in which independent media are harassed and silenced. We urge you to honor your oft-stated commitment to promote free expression, and we ask that you instruct your government to allow our colleagues to perform their work unhindered.

July 15, 2009 10:48 AM ET

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Tunisia tries to oust head of journalist syndicate

New York May 13, 2009--Tunisian government efforts to force out the president of a critical journalists union is part of a campaign to eliminate independent media in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

May 13, 2009 4:42 PM ET

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