July 21, CPJ welcomed
the release of Tunisian Internet journalist Slim Boukhdhir from prison. A
contributor to Tunisian and Arab news Web sites, Boukhdhir was serving a
one-year term in Sfax Prison because he had written articles critical of
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the country's first family. CPJ sent a mission
"In addition to other positions adopted during my ordeal by people of good conscience throughout the world, CPJ's stance was a badge of honor that I had been wearing in jail and CPJ's solidarity lighted the darkness of my ordeal."
Bouhkdhir also extended his "warm thanks" to CPJ's
Boukhdhir ended his note this way: "I have great regard for your commitment to freedom of the press. Long live CPJ as a prosperous oasis to defend journalists and long live press freedom."
He signed it, "Your brother, Slim Boukhdhir."