27 August 2012

Tunisia: Culture Ministry, Writers Union Condemn Attack On Poet Sghaier Ouled Ahmed

Tunis — The Culture Ministry firmly condemned the attack committed by "Salafists" against poet Mohamed Sghaier Ouled Ahmed, calling on relevant authorities to play their part in protecting artists and prosecuting offenders.

The Ministry said in a statement released Monday that "freedom of opinion and creation is an inalienable gain of the Revolution", stressing that "it will always support creators in defending their right to express their opinions freely."

For its part, the Union of Tunisian Writers denounced, in a press statement, the attacks that targeted a number of intellectuals, including poets Mohamed Sghaier Ouled Ahmed and Mohamed Hedi Oueslati.

The Union called on writers to "rally against any act affecting the physical or moral integrity of Tunisian intellectuals and all citizens regardless of their political or ideological belonging."

Members of the Union called for the inclusion of freedom of creation in the Constitution and guaranteeing the protection of artists.

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