Ben Ali’s Democracy #5

Well, five at the last count and given the burgeoning numbers of bloggers and activists being censored it seemed the natural next step to start a catalogue, nay, a scrapbook of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s illustrious forays into ‘democracy’.

This week’s case invariably involves a critique of the President, a questionable trial and a subsequent jail sentence:

A prominent critic of Tunisian leader President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been jailed for six months after a trial criticised by rights groups.

Taoufik Ben Brik was convicted of assaulting a woman in public.

But he claimed he had been framed and Amnesty International has described him as a “prisoner of conscience” and condemned his sentence.

The 49-year-old journalist was said to be ill and in need of medical treatment after his arrest in October. [Source]

Censorship is bad enough; when scurrilous charges are trumped up to consolidate an otherwise baseless case it becomes all the more abhorrent.

And still the West sees little reason to comment; rather, a slight wrinkling of the nose before turning the head away.

‘It’s only little Tunisia, after all; what of the rights of its people?’ seems to be the sentiment du jour.

See also: Dirty Business in Tunisia, Of Ben Ali and “Special Attention”, Blogger Abdallah Zouari Rearrested, and Slim Boukhdhir: the Plucky Blogger.

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This entry was posted on November 27, 2009 by in Africa, Censorship, Politics, Tunisia and tagged , , , , , , , , .
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