Civil society expresses support for journalists and calls for their personal safety | Tunisia News Gazette

Civil society expresses support for journalists and calls for their personal safety

Civil society organisations on Thursday expressed in a joint statement their support for journalists, calling for their personal safety and respect for their role in coverage of events and access to information.

It is the responsibility of the Interior Ministry and the entire government to prosecute anyone who has threatened journalists, six NGOs said. They are the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), the Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia (CRDLDH), the Yakadha Association (vigilance for democracy), the Tunisian Women’s Association for Development Research (AFTURD), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Independent National Coordination for Transitional Justice.

In their joint statement, the NGOs warn against the growing authority of the security institution, denouncing the restrictions on journalists during the past period.

For its part, the National Order of Tunisia’s Lawyers called on the Interior Ministry to urge the police to stop their defamation campaigns against journalists.

In a statement released Thursday, the Bar Association said that undermining the moral or physical integrity of journalists is an infringement of citizens’ right to information. Human rights defenders are called to mobilise to defend one of the main achievements of the revolution those of freedom of expression and opinion, says the bar.

For its part, the Tunisian Federation of Newspaper Editors has called for a boycott of the activities of the Ministry of the Interior and the Police Unions involved in the defamation and attack of journalists.

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) has decided to organise a “day of rage” on Friday (February 2nd) and the wearing of the red armband in protest against “a campaign against journalists”.

He also announced the organisation tomorrow of a protest rally in front of the headquarters of the Union to protest against the proliferation of attacks by the police unions against the information sector and the restrictions applied to the Tunisian press.

Source: TAP news Agency

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