SNJT calls for protection of journalist Mouldi Zouabi and his family following abduction of his son | Tunisia News Gazette

SNJT calls for protection of journalist Mouldi Zouabi and his family following abduction of his son

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) on Friday condemned the kidnapping of the son of journalist Mouldi Zouabi, secretary general of the union section in the northwest and TAP correspondent in Jendouba.

According to SNJT, four people in cars abducted the 12-year-old son of Mouldi Zouabi on Thursday night. They tried to terrorize him and kidnapped him for three hours. He was interrogated about his father’s work before being abandoned in a deserted place. The child was forced to walk in the dark before arriving at a cafe where he asked for help.

The SNJT expressed its total solidarity with Mouldi Zouabi and his family as well as his commitment to follow up the case file, considering that the kidnappers committed a serious crime.

The union called on the Interior Ministry to provide protection for the journalist and his family and urged the authorities to make every effort to identify the perpetrators of the abduction as soon as possible.

He also called on the structures concerned to provide the necessary medical and psychological care for the kidnapped child.

In a statement to the union of journalists, Mouldi Zouabi said the kidnappers, two bearded and two hooded, prevented his son from screaming for help and asked him several questions about the nature of his parents’ work, adding that they threatened to kill his father if he refused to tell them the truth.

Mouldi Zouabi believes that the kidnapping may be linked to his recent work on corruption cases, including the smuggling of stolen cattle and red meat in Greater Tunis and Jendouba.

The Tunis Centre for Press Freedom (French : CTLP) has expressed concern that this serious incident may be a warning to Zouabi for his work, warning against further pressure on the journalist and his family members.

The CTLP has called on all the professional structures and particularly the judicial structures to make every effort to identify the perpetrators of the abduction.

“Impunity serves the interests of the corrupt and could discourage journalists from opening corruption cases for fear of undermining their security,” said the centre.

Source: TAP News Agency

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