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SNJT calls on Secondary Education Federation to offer official apology to journalists

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) has called on the General Federation of Secondary Education under the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) to publicly withdraw statements made by secretary general of the Federation LassaAd Yaacoubi against journalists and to offer them an official apology.

The SNJT expressed in a statement Monday its rejection of the “discourse of incrimination, incitement and threat delivered by the secretary general of the Federation of Secondary Education, likely to pave the way for acts of violence that could represent a danger for journalists when covering the unfolding of the crisis between the General Federation and the Ministry of Education”.

“It is with great indignation that the union took note of Yaacoubi’s statements last weekend,” reads the statement.

Yaacoubi addressed all the journalists by calling them “the shame of journalists”.

This accusation that corresponds to the expression “shameful media repeated by “the enemies of the freedom of the press,” added the SNJT.

The SNJT, however, recommended that journalists not react to these statements, adopt a professional attitude and treat the current crisis of secondary education in a “balanced” way.

The union affirms, in this context, “its solidarity with the teachers and their union in the fulfillment of their legitimate demands and according to the appropriate militant actions”.

In a speech to teachers late last week, secretary-general of the General Federation of Secondary Education, Lassaad Yaacoubi addressed journalists, saying they “peddle false information against teachers, calling them “the shame of journalists”.

“This is a journalism that devalues teachers,” he said, accusing journalists of “undermining the country by pushing parents to stand out against teachers.”

Soure: TAP News Agency

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