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Emna Ben Jemaa is a controversial young Tunisian blogger, as well as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Time University in Tunis.  She began blogging in 2005 and was quickly drawn into the blogging community.  In an interview conducted by Common Ground News, Ben Jemaa stated, “My window to the world, my escape and even the vehicle to my enlightenment, blogging is the only means of communication that has allowed me to express my thoughts freely. Because I am my own publisher, I can write freely without censor or edits.”

Ben Jemaa’s writing may be free of censorship, but her activism did not escape the attention of the previous government.  On May 21, 2010, she was arrested and interrogated for seven hours at a police station in Tunis.  During her interrogation, Ben Jemaa was questioned about her cooperation with local and foreign journalists and participation in anti-censorship activities, as well as her participation in blogging workshops held abroad.  She was informed that these activities could be perceived as “espionage and lobbying foreign bodies” – acts punishable by a minimum of five years in prison.  “Threatened Voices” has listed her on the organization’s list of “threatened bloggers.”

 

To read Emna’s blog, click here.  You can also follow her on Twitter at @emnabenjemaa

 

Sources: http://threatened.globalvoicesonline.org/blogger/emna-ben-jemaa

http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=27992&lan=en&sp=0

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