Lest we forget Tunisia’s burgeoning censorship portfolio, here is the latest case:
Zouheir Makhlouf was arrested in 20 October after he published a video about pollution, lack of infrastructure and basic services in the industrial zone of the city of Nabeul, 60km southeast of the capital Tunis.
Makhlouf was charged with “harming or disturbing others via the public telecommunications networks” and could face up to two years in prison if convicted. He was remanded in custody until the next court session on 24 November.
Makhlouf was denied bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday. He appeared weak and unable to speak or stand; his lawyer said his client had been on hunger strike for over 10 days in protest at his arrest and detention. [Source]
The “public telecommunications network” in question was Facebook.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is now entering his fifth term in presidential office and it seems that with every increase in time, so too does the paranoia rise accordingly.
The grip on Tunisian media – in particular the blogosphere and social sites – is terrifying and yet deeply ignored.
We know about China and Iran; isn’t it about time we added Tunisia to the list of countries that censor?