30 August 2012

Tunisia: ANHRI Condemns the Repeated Attacks On Freedom of Expression, Latest Attack Was On the Poet, 'Mohamed Al-Saghir'

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Clouds of black smoke hover over the heads of Tunisian security forces dispatched to the scene of violent protests, reportedly sparked by an art exhibition which "undermines Islam" (file photo).

press release

ANHRI, today, condemns the attack on the poet, "Mohamed Al-Saghir Awlad Ahmed" by a group of extremist Salifies at the end of the last week, due to his participation in the program "La Paz" on the Tunisian Channel.

The Tunisian poet "Mohamed Al-Saghir Awlad Ahmed", aged 57 years, at the end of last week assaulted by a group of extremists Salafis, following his participation in a tv program on Tunisian channel, in which he criticized the extremists Islamists.

It is worth to be noted that the assault on the poet "Mohamed Al-Saghir," is not the first of its kind, which Tunisia witnessed during the last period many violations against freedom of opinion and expression in the light of the government did not take any procedures to stop these attacks, in August 14, 2012 the extremists prevented in the city"Menzel Bourguiba" in the state of "Bizerte" theatrical show to Tunisian comedian actor "Lutfi Abdali" allegedly "mocking religion" after broke into the House of Culture (Perm Tunisian) and on August 15 Salafists prevented orchestra of an Iranian from performing at the conclusion of the International Festival of Sufi music and spiritual in the state of Kairouan.

In addition 200 activist armed with swords, sticks and stones attacked the Festival of "Al-Aqsa Victory" in the city of "Bizerte" in the north of Tunis on August 16, 2012, to protest against the presence of the former Lebanese detainee in Israel, "Samir Kuntar,"which they accused him of supporting the regime of Syrian and the President "Bashar Al-Assad", four people were wounded, including a security officer, in addition to the attack on the play writer, "Rajab Mokri" in the city of El-Kef during the month of May this year, by the Salafi groups, in which he had serious injuries after being beated severely on his head and chest.

ANHRI said that "the attack on the poet" Mohamed Al-Saghir "is an explicit violation to the freedom of opinion and expression in the country and represents a challenge to the Alnnahdah Movement the governing in Tunisia, which announced several times their respect for freedom of expression, especially with the presence of the statements issued by the Alnnahdah Movement saying that "freedom of expression and artistic creativity, although they are recognized by they are not free from all controls" which suggests that they are trying to restrict the freedom of opinion in the country and overlook the repeated violations of the creators and owners of opinion".

ANHRI calls the Tunisian authorities and Alnnahdah Islamic Movement to protect the makers of opinion and expression and the creators from the repeated attacks and that the perpetrator of such attacks for urgent trials.

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