government's cruel treatment of Tunisian journalist Abdallah Zouari came to an
end on August 1, a reminder that even the most autocratic regimes will yield to
international pressure for press freedom. Zouari, a former reporter
for the now-defunct Islamic weekly Al-Fajr, had been forced to
live under a form of house arrest since his release from prison in 2002
following an 11-year term. Living under what was called "administrative control," Zouari was subjected to strict
police surveillance and forced to reside in the suburbs of the southern city of
The specter of government opposition to blogging,
journalism, and free expression in general in
Nearly a week after CPJ sent a letter to Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali urging him to end the "ongoing cycle of repression of critical journalists and media outlets," Tunisia's Ministry of Justice and Human Rights told Mohamed Abbou, a prominent human rights lawyer and writer, in a phone call on Saturday that he was free to travel abroad.
During his address to the nation on the anniversary of
Ever since Radio Kalima staffers launched their new station
on January 26
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