IFJ Calls for Immediate Release of Tunisian Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has demanded the

immediate release of a Tunisian journalist arrested in Tunis today,

Friday 13 September. 

According to reports,  Zied El Hani, Editor in chief of Assahafa newspaper (La Presse), was arrested after being asked to appear in front of an investigation judge at the Court of first instance in Tunis.  

When

he arrived at the court he was charged with defamation and allegedly

making illegal accusations against a civil servant during an interview

on Nessma TV regarding the arrest of a photojournalist by a Tunisian

judge. The case was brought against El Hani by the judge.

"We

call for the immediate release of our colleague Zied El Hani, a highly

respected journalist  who has been arrested and detained under false and

illegal pretenses and has done nothing to warrant such an action by the

authorities in Tunisia," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.

"His

detention is a restriction of the freedom of journalism and media in

Tunisia and undermines the provisions of the rights of journalists law,

which provides a safe environment for press and media work in the

country."

IFJ General Secretary Beth Costa said: "The way our

colleague Zied El Hani has been treated simply for doing his job as a

journalist is utterly scandalous. We call for the authorities in Tunisia

to give us clear answers as to why he was arrested and release him with

immediate effect."

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The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries