Tunisia: CPJ - Tunisian Authorities Should Respect Independence of TAP

Tunis/Tunisia — " Tunisian authorities should respect the independence of TAP news agency and refrain from using security forces to interfere in the agency's personnel issues," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

The US-based committee said police storming the premises of the national news agency "sets a terrible precedent for police interference in the free press."

"The Tunisian government must ensure the independence of the press sector and refrain from using the country's security forces to enforce contested personnel decisions,» said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Senior Researcher Justin Shilad.

«Authorities should never have stormed the Tunis Afrique Presse news agency's headquarters," he added.

Police forcibly entered TAP premises on April 13 and assaulted staff to impose the installation of Kamel Ben Younes. .

Staff decided to stage a general strike on April 22 to decry the Prime Ministry's persistence to nominate Kamel Ben Younes as CEO.

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