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Amid violence and fundamentalist pressure, hopes fade for new media laws

first_imgNews Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News June 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Amid violence and fundamentalist pressure, hopes fade for new media laws Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Jabeur El-Mejri, who has been jailed under the communication law and criminal code article 121, paragraph 3, for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page. An appeal court in Monastir upheld his seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence two days ago. The media freedom organization urges the courts to overturn his sentence and the seven-and-a-half-year sentence passed in absentia on Ghazi El-Beji for the same reason. Beji has fled to Europe where he is seeking political asylum.“The confirmation of Mejri’s sentence on appeal, just days after an attack on an exhibition in the Abdellia Palace in the Tunis district of La Marsa and the ensuing riots, has heightened our concern that religious censorship could take a permanent hold in Tunisia,” said Reporters Without Borders, which also deplores the unfair nature of the proceedings and the impact it could have on the future of media freedom.“Such a severe sentence will only encourage the return of self-censorship. Ever since the Nessma TV trial and the jailing of Nasreddine Ben Saida, the owner of the newspaper Attounissia, penalties have been getting steadily more severe in cases involving public decency. The disproportionate sentences and the violence to which journalists are exposed are disturbing omens for the future.”Journalists are subjected to physical violence with complete impunity. They are often targeted by members of Islamist or Salafist groups for allegedly flouting public decency or religious values. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to deal firmly with those responsible, regardless of their identity or ideology, and to remind everyone that violence is never justified. Freedom of expression and information must be guaranteed and protected in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation Receive email alerts Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 12, 2019 Find out more News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Although promulgated more than six months ago, decree-law 115-2011 on the print media and decree-law 116-2012 on the broadcast media are still not being implemented despite repeated calls from civil society organizations, the National Authority for Information and Communication Reform (INRIC), the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) and NGOs that defend freedom of information, including Reporters Without Borders.The government, which has expressed a desire to amend these media laws before they are put into effect, organized a national consultation on legislation affecting the media and information on 27 and 28 April, but it did not result in any concrete proposals or decisions.The reform movement that got under way immediately after the revolution has ground to a halt. The failure to implement the decree-laws is holding back renewal within the broadcast media and is preventing the emergence of real pluralism in the media and information sector. The vague and contradictory legal situation is extremely dangerous for media freedom. Judges continue to use the criminal code to gag the media, above all article 121, paragraph 3, which penalizes “offending public decency.” In the absence of legislation governing the Internet, the criminal code is being systematically used to punish online content. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorderlast_img read more

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UPDATE: Salybia villagers report ‘ball of fire crash into sea’

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 23 Views   4 commentscenter_img LocalNews UPDATE: Salybia villagers report ‘ball of fire crash into sea’ by: – May 21, 2012 Sharing is caring! Coast guard officials, Fire officers and officers of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority are still combing the Salybia area trying to figure out what occurred there early Monday night.Last evening villagers reported that they had seen a “ball of fire crash into the sea” in the vicinity of the Barana Aute in Salybia.While speculators claimed that it could have been an aircraft, Police spokesman sergeant John Carbon who spoke to Dominica Vibes News late Monday evening could not confirm that this had occurred.He explained that there were no reports of any missing aircrafts from the Air Traffic Control Centre in Guadeloupe; however, they have deployed police officers to Salybia to investigate.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority reported this morning that after an evening search was conducted with assistance from French authorities, nothing had been found. “Up to this present point we have no reports of anything being found. Once the report was made it triggered our response system; we notified the French authorities and our local coast guard and we responded along with the fire service and searches were carried out last night. Up to very late last night nothing was found”.Bardouille also confirmed sergeant Carbon’s earlier report that all aircrafts were accounted for.“In terms of the official traffic coming into Dominica last night, all traffic reported based on our counterparts in the French territories; all traffic that they had was accounted. So officially all the traffic was accounted for so up to this point we have nothing missing”. According to Bardouille, another search will be conducted this morning to ensure that they have covered all their bases.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more