Violence against journalists, crime against their right to freedom of expression, says LTDH | Tunisia News Gazette

Violence against journalists, crime against their right to freedom of expression, says LTDH

The Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH) warned against the severity of attacks against journalists in Tunisia, qualifying them as a crime against their right of expression and to exercise journalism, one of the most important gains of the Revolution.

The league further warned in a press release published on Thursday against the attempt to suppress the journalists and urged the Interior Ministry to take deterrent, disciplinary and legal measures against those who are guilty of material or verbal assaults against journalists.

The LTDH reaffirmed its full support to the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) and its members calling on all civil society components to stand beside journalists in their fight for freedom of opinion and expression. The league further recalled the need to respect the laws, the constitution and international agreement guaranteeing freedom of opinion and expression and human rights.

Besides, it deplored the fact that security and legal authorities took no disciplinary or legal measures against all those who have attacked the journalists.

The league follows with great concern the continued defamatory campaigns and threats launched by security officials to intimidate the journalists and regrets the continued suspicion campaigns on the journalists’ professionalism and neutrality, the press release reads.

The SNJT had called on all its members to observe a day of anger on February 2 nationwide by wearing red bands and to protest in front of the union’s headquarters in Tunis against the abuses against journalists and incitements launched by security officials to harm them.

Source: TAP news Agency

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