Kamel Labidi

Kamel Labidi is a freelance journalist and former CPJ representative and consultant for the Middle East and North Africa region. Labidi returned from exile to Tunisia in 2011 to head the National Commission to Reform Information and Communication. He resigned in 2012 to protest the lack of political will of the Islamist-led government to implement the commission’s recommendations.

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Ali Anouzla still in jail as government blocks Lakome

October 24, 2013 10:42 AM ET

Moroccan editor Ali Anouzla's arrest on September 17 in connection with an article published on his website has prompted an unprecedented wave of regional and international solidarity with a jailed Arab journalist. ...

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Circle of media repression widens over Tunisia’s history

August 2, 2010 12:46 PM ET

The escalating attacks on critical journalists in Tunisia are unprecedented since the establishment of the first Arab-language newspaper in the North African country, 150 years ago this July....

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Morocco declares itself 'democratic' while restricting media

July 21, 2010 3:44 PM ET

While high-ranking Arab officials are not held accountable for misinforming or misleading the public, critical journalists in their respective countries are increasingly dragged into courts and handed harsh jail sentences following unfair trials for “spreading false news.”...

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Tunisian airport officials confiscate CPJ publications

March 5, 2010 3:01 PM ET

On Saturday, Tunis airport customs officials confiscated two copies of CPJ’s annual report, Attacks on the Press, as well as five copies of the Arabic-language translation of the Middle East and North Africa section of the book from Tunisian rights lawyer Mohamed Abbou and journalist Lotfi Hidouri on their return from Morocco, the two men...

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CPJ trip to Morocco reveals gap between rhetoric and reality

March 3, 2010 5:33 PM ET

Two weeks ago, Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, and I were in Morocco to hold meetings with government officials as well as journalists. In some ways the trip was a success, but in other ways it left much to be desired from a country that claims...

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Saleh uses security as cover to quash press freedom

February 1, 2010 1:54 PM ET

Ministers and officials representing some 20 Western and Arab governments and international financial institutions declared themselves “friends of Yemen” during last week’s closed-door meeting in London to address threats posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, according to news reports. Participants, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, offered assurances...

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Ben Brik, still jailed in Tunisia: 'Chains will certainly break!'

January 26, 2010 12:35 PM ET

“When people want to live, destiny must surely respond. Darknesss will disappear, chains will certainly break!”Journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, 49, spurred admiration among his relatives and lawyers at a Tunis appeals court on Saturday when he chanted these two verses by Abou El Kacem Chebbi, Tunisia's most well-known poet....

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Anniversary a reminder of Qaddafi's media repression

August 31, 2009 12:26 PM ET

As Col. Muammar Qaddafi, 67, celebrates the 40th anniversary of his ascent to power this week, it is unlikely that any of the numerous international guests will venture to ask the Libyan dictator or his aides what happened to journalist Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat after his arbitrary arrest 36...

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After advocacy, Tunisian sees end of cruel punishment

August 24, 2009 1:43 PM ET

The 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...

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Q&A: Syrian journalist Michel Kilo after prison

May 26, 2009 12:42 PM ET

On May 18, Syrian journalist and pro-democracy activist Michel Kilo was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for "weakening national sentiment and encouraging sectarian strife." Kilo, who was a regular contributor to the leading Lebanese daily, Al-Nahar, and the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi among other publications, was detained...

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