Tunisia / 2009

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Tunisian journalist loses 'airport immunity' after award

December 15, 2009 5:58 PM ET

My country’s international airport—as some may not know—has become the scene of the Tunisian regime’s score-settling with its opponents. Opponents are no longer banned from traveling; this is a move to promote the idea that they are “free.” However, if they do travel, they face difficulties at the airport,...

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Seen and heard at CPJ benefit: 'The pen is not broken'

November 25, 2009 10:42 AM ET

Small in stature but strong in her words, Naziha Réjiba tells a reporter of all the things the Tunisian government does to try to frighten her. But Réjiba said that she will not be scared, that she will never allow such tactics to have power over her. Editor of Kalima, an...

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A Tunisian blogger speaks out: ‘The candles are lit’

October 14, 2009 12:09 AM ET

My country’s government brags unabashedly that it has not passed any laws that require government authorization to establish an electronic publication or a Web site or a blog on the Internet. Those that cheerlead for this government rely on this point to propagate the lie they call “the freedom to...

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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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A blogger in Tunisia: My life with the censor

April 30, 2009 10:00 AM ET

The specter of government opposition to blogging, journalism, and free expression in general in Tunisia is so intense that the mere appearance of a specific name online is enough to push the government to block the Web site where it appears, even if that site is not critical of the...

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After CPJ letter, Tunis grants journalist freedom to travel

March 30, 2009 5:23 PM ET

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...

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Tunisian president calls criticism "unbecoming"

March 26, 2009 1:48 PM ET

During his address to the nation on the anniversary of Tunisia's independence on March 20, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali did not hesitate to reject critical journalism and the right of journalists to cover corruption or mistakes by the government. As customary, local groups concerned with press freedom, including the...

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Tunisia's Radio Kalima shuttered; staffers harassed

February 12, 2009 5:26 PM ET

Ever since Radio Kalima staffers launched their new station on January 26, Tunisian plainclothes police have done everything they can to suppress the newly launched satellite radio station: besieging the offices for several days, threatening a managing editor with a knife, and finally breaking into the building and confiscating the...

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