Approximately 40 people showed up this morning, among them famous Tunisian figures, at the headquarters of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ) to protest various issues related to corruption and disruption of reforms in the press and media sector.
The crowd protested the government’s delay in ratifying the Journal of the Press. Consequently, the protesters were demanding rigorous regulations to prevent “intruders on the sector of press” from obtaining press pass cards, according to Monji Khadrawi, a member of the Executive Office of the NSTJ. The protesters also yelled vigorously about the government’s unwillingness to pass a law to reform the audio-visual sector.
Aymen Rezgui –- a member of the syndicate — emphasized “the delicacy of the current period,” and declared, “A few parties do not like what we write, we’re free, our pen is free, our word is free, we won’t subdue to any party!”
Salah Ateya the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Sada newspaper, strongly denounced the “unjust” verdict that forced him to shut down the newspaper. He also alluded to the presence of furtive lobbies running Essebsi’s government.
At 12 o’clock, a press conference was held in the headquarters of the Syndicate, in order to shed light on the “recent abuse of authority” committed by a “relative” of the Minister of Culture. According to Khaled Ben Azizi, the General Secretary of the Association of Intermittent Technicians of Cinema, the alleged offender brought unqualified participants to the workshop held in Kelibia last month, in order to benefit from the privilege of accommodations and stipends provided by the Ministry of Culture — “practices similar to that of the ousted regime,” Ben Azizi added.
Subsequently, Tunisia Live registered resentment and discontent among the crowd, which denounced the prosecution against Nessma TV, which arose in response to the recent violent riots against the channel. One protester, who preferred to be designated as a civil activist, considers that “…The recent actions embody the future of Tunisia under the reign of an Islamist government.”