On Wednesday, police ordered journalists not to
attend a press conference at a law office in
Lotfi Hidouri of the London-based news agency
Al-Quds Press and the locally blocked online magazine Kalima, and freelance journalist and former political prisoner Slim
Boukdhir told CPJ that they were ordered by the police not to leave their homes
in the suburbs of
On Monday, journalists and human rights activists were physically blocked from attending another news conference for the launch by a local group called the International Association to Support Political Prisoners of a report titled “Citizens Under Siege: Administrative Control in Tunisia.”
“We condemn the Tunisian authorities’
heavy-handed tactics designed to stop journalists from doing their jobs,” said
Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and
In a letter sent to local and international rights and press freedom groups, Khechana called for solidarity with Tunisian independent journalists: "I am calling on all the defenders of journalists and human rights to raise their voices to denounce this security wrecking and try to bring to an end to police harassment and all kinds of pressure exerted on free pens," he said.
Freelance journalist Sofiene Chourabi told CPJ
that on Wednesday
CPJ’s repeated calls on Tunisian authorities to loosen their grip on the media, release journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, and overturn a four-year prison sentence against Fahem Boukadous have been met with silence.