Tunisia: journalists' union calls for 'stop to attacks'

SNJT says 206 journalists victims of an attack in one year

04 May, 14:14

    (ANSA) - TUNIS, 04 MAG - President of the Tunisian Journalists' Union (SNJT) Yassine Jelassi, speaking at a presentation of the annual report on the status of press freedom in Tunisia, said impunity for those who attack journalists "opens the way to violence and illegality in general".

    The report covered the period from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

    At the presentation, Jelassi called on all state institutions, in particular the country's president, the president of the parliament and the country's prime minister, to put an end to attacks on journalists and to prosecute those who carry out these attacks.

    According to SNJT, there were a total of 206 attacks against journalists in the year covered by the report.

    "What's at stake is the image of Tunisia, which has gone down to 73rd place in the RSF world press freedom index," Jelassi said.

    He said journalists and human rights defenders must "continue to push, with all legitimate means, to safeguard freedom of the press, given the seriousness of the actions against journalists, and to support the right of Tunisians to free, independent and impartial information," he said.

    SNJT presented a series of recommendations, including a request to the prime minister for a public condemnation of attacks against journalists in Tunisia, and a request to fight impunity and to publish the results of the administrative investigations of state employees on these abuses.

    The union called on the Tunisian president to ensure the rights and the freedoms enshrined in the Tunisian Constitution, including freedom of opinion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and to review his own communication policy, opening up to journalists to allow them to obtain information.

    It also called for the full disclosure of the truth on the disappearance of the journalists Sofien Chourabi and Nedhir Ktari in Libya, which took place years ago.

    In addition, the union asked the Tunisian Parliament to put an end to the repeated attacks by some members of Parliament against journalists, and to stop talk of violence against them".

    It recommended adopting legislative measures aimed at protecting journalists. (ANSA).

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