NGO decries 'violations' against journalists in Tunisia

Tunis Center for Press Freedom had registered 277 "violations" against journalists and media figures in the country between October 2013 and September 2014.

NGO decries 'violations' against journalists in Tunisia

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Tunisian NGO on Friday said it had registered 277 "violations" against journalists and media figures in the country between October 2013 and September 2014.

The announcement came at a Friday press conference held by the Tunis Center for Press Freedom, a local NGO, to discuss its annual report on media freedoms.

"Tunisia is undergoing a shift in political landscape and there are fears of that some of the gains made thus far are being rolled back," NGO head Mahmoud Dhaouadi told The Anadolu Agency.

"No politician, however, would dare touch these gains," Dhaouadi said.

"The second annual report on violations against Tunisian media personnel, covering the period from October 2013 to September 2014, registered 277 violations against journalists," he said.

Dhaouadi added that the number of violations had "dropped from last year, when 306 violations were registered."

However,"over 400 journalists have been subject to some form of assault on their freedom of expression," Dhaouadi added, while refraining from providing further details as to the nature of such violations.

"The report also touched on the media's handling of the subject of terrorism… especially in light of the lack of protection, training and guarantees for the safety of media personnel," Dhaouadi added.

He also said the report would be submitted to official bodies, such as parliament, the presidency, the ministers of interior and defense, as well as civil society organizations.

The Tunis Center for Press Freedom was established in the wake of Tunisia's popular uprising – which toppled former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011 – with the aim of monitoring violations and attacks on journalists and media personalities.

 

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