Attacks on the Press
• Government engineers ouster of independent journalist union leaders.
• Two journalists are jailed in retaliation for critical reporting.
97: Percentage of newspaper campaign coverage that was devoted to President Ben Ali.
President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was re-elected to a fifth term with 90 percent of the vote amid severe restrictions on independent reporting. Ben Ali’s government went after the country’s journalist union, bringing down its democratically elected board, while his police bullied and harassed critical reporters. Two journalists, one of them a leading critic of the president, were in jail in late year.