Human rights activist Tarek Soussi released provisionally

first_img Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go further Organisation News RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 12, 2019 Find out more December 26, 2019 Find out more News Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa September 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights activist Tarek Soussi released provisionally News An appeal court in Bizerte (60 km north of Tunis) yesterday ordered the release of Tarek Soussi, a member of the International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners (AISPP), but he still faces prosecution on charges of “spreading false information liable to disrupt public order” in an interview for the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera.“Soussi has been reunited with his family after being held abusively for 29 days,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His damning comments on one of the Arab world’s most popular TV news stations displeased the authorities, who apparently want to make an example out of him for all Tunisian dissidents. Free speech is a still risky business under President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.”Interviewed as an AISPP representative for Al-Jazeera’s news programme about the Northern African countries on 26 August, Soussi described the abusive arrest of seven youths in Bizerte as a “kidnapping.” The authorities, who said the youths were “taken into custody in the course of an investigation into an attack on persons and property,” responded by arresting Soussi, 48, the next day. The charge brought against him carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.Samir Dilou, one of Soussi’s lawyers, described his release to Reporters Without Borders as “a small, hesitant step in the right direction, but the charges against him are still in place and there is nothing to prevent him being sent back to prison.” No date has been set for a resumption of his trial.On the same subject:9.09.2008 – Human rights activist held since giving interview to Al-Jazeera two weeks ago Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more