19 June 2014

Tunisia: Media Professionals Precluded From Covering President's Opening of Sfax International Fair

press release

Cairo: — Today, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the preclusion of a number of media professionals from covering the Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki's opening of Sfax International Fair.

On Tuesday June 17, a number of media professionals went to cover the Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki's inauguration of Sfax International Fair. They were in possession of official invitations from the Organizing Committee of Sfax International Fair so as to cover the event. However, a group of the President's security prevented them from covering the inauguration. Three media professionals were also prevented from shooting the meeting between "Marzouki" and some citizens during his departure; in addition to others. They are: Fathi Boujenah- Radio Mosaique FM reporter- Al-Habib Al-Ounly- Cap FM reporter- Yassin Mazeed- Tunisia News Network (TNN) channel cameraman- Abdul Wahab Al-Sedery- TNN journalist- and Abdul Majeed Al-Kharobi, Radio Express FM reporter.

ANHRI believes that, "the preclusion of the Tunisian media professionals from covering the President's opening of the fair constitutes a flagrant violation of their right to access information and transfer it to the public opinion. Such a matter represents a prelude to an increase of the arbitrary practices recently carried out by Tunisian security against journalists and media professionals; in a bid to hampering them from performing their professional duties, allegedlyunder the pretext of security reasons".

ANHRI calls on Tunisian authorities' forces to halt their arbitrary practices committed against Tunisian media professionals. It, as well, urges the authorities to respect their right to access information and to carry out their work of transferring news; if they are really serious in their pursuit towards a real democracy.

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