Tunisia's World Press Freedom ranking shows restrictions on media ( SNJT) | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia’s World Press Freedom ranking shows restrictions on media ( SNJT)

Tunisia’s ranking in Reporters without Borders (RSF)’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index shows restrictions placed on media and puts spotlight on violence against media people, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) said.

“The SNJT has repeatedly cautioned against steps backwards in press freedom in Tunisia” and senior officials were made aware of the threats posed by such constraints and their impact on democratic transition and the country’s image, reads a press release issued Thursday.

The National Union of Tunisian Journalists has drawn attention on many occasions to an array of restrictions and an environment unconducive to freedom of press and expression where exceptional mechanisms and laws are in force, such as the state of emergency, the anti-terror legislation and hearings before the military court .

The 2017 World Press Freedom Index was published against the backdrop of attempts to have a grip on public media through unilateral appointments and by means of scrapping the role of the regulatory body, the SNJT further said.

Tunisia was ranked 97th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index released on Wednesday up from 126th in 2015, 133rd in 2012 and 164th in 2010 before Ben Ali’s ouster. Norway is in the lead while North Korea comes out bottom.

Source: TAP News Agency

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