International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the Tunisian
authorities to release for publication the latest issue of Attariq Aljadid newspaper which was stopped last week.
seems to be no end to violations of press freedom in Tunisia," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "Existing press
laws are clearly designed to control media and crack down on any publication
which fails to toe the government's line. This is not acceptable."
to the Syndicat National des Journalistes Tunisiens (SNJT), the issue no 113 of Attariq Aljadid, a weekly
publication of the Tunisian opposition party Ettajdid was impounded by the
authorities on Saturday 31 January.
organisation said the seizure was unlawful since the contentious material
therein had been the subject of a judicial decision and was therefore covered
by the provisions of the Tunisian press legislation.
Syndicat is also calling for Parliament to repeal article 73 of the legislation
which is open to abuse as it offers authorities too wide a scope for
determining what constitutes "breach of public order".
IFJ support the syndicate's efforts to develop a more open media environment in
through a fair system of licences to broadcasters.
are ready to play their role towards a tolerant and open democracy," added
White. "We fully support the actions of our affiliate in Tunisia."
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