30 December 2012

Tunisia: Attounssia Television Chief Ends Hunger Strike

Attounssia TV director Sami Fehri suspended his hunger strike on Saturday (December 29th), his sister Salma told AFP. Fehri was hospitalised in Tunis last Thursday, because his health worsened from the hunger strike launched on December 18th.

Fehri was arrested in August for "illegal use of Tunisian state television resources", days after his station aired a satirical puppet show that mocked members of the Ennahda-led government.

Last Friday, the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) chief, Nejiba Hamrouni, called in a Mosaique FM broadcast for his release, as stipulated in the decision of the Court of Cassation. A day earlier, Tunisian artists demanded Fehri's liberation during a protest in the centre of Tunis.

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