Journalist sentenced to four months in prison

first_img Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Follow the news on Tunisia RSF_en TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img December 26, 2019 Find out more News Organisation News News News Reporters Without Borders strongly protested today against a “trumped-up” four-month jail sentence imposed on journalist Abdallah Zouari, who has already spent 11 years in prison, and demanded its immediate cancellation.The 18 July sentence was for “defamation” after he had complained about being barred from using a cybercafé in the southeastern town of Zarzis, where the case was tried.”Zouari has been constantly harassed and spied on for months,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The authorities have run out of things to accuse him of and have come up with this excessive punishment on a ridiculous and bogus charge.” After being forbidden to go online at a cybercafé in Zarzis on 19 April, he said he would call his lawyer. The manageress had then filed a complaint against him for defamation. He was tried on 11 July. Zouari has been officially confined to Zarzis since 6 June last year, when he was freed from prison after 11 years for “belonging to an illegal organisation.” He is separated from part of his family, who live in Tunis.The journalist, who worked for Al Fajr, unofficial organ of the Islamist An Nahda movement, was sentenced on 23 August last year to eight months imprisonment by a Zarzis court for refusing to obey the restriction order by living in Tunis. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” July 21, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to four months in prisonlast_img read more