Tunisia: FTDJ and Bar Association Denounce Police Raid On TAP News Agency

Tunis/Tunisia — The Board of Directors of the Tunisian Federation of Newspaper Directors (French: FTDJ) expressed "deep concern" over the recent events at TAP news agency following the "unexpected" appointment of new CEO Kamel Ben Younes and the police raid on the agency to force his installation.

This is a serious and unprecedented offense which violates the tradition of alternating responsibilities within civilian establishments and particularly the media, the federation said.

In a statement released Thursday, the FTDJ expressed support to TAP journalists and employees in defending their agency, calling on the security institution not to interfere in any administrative matter. «What happened is very serious," the same source said.

This poses a serious threat to the democratic transition process in Tunisia and to the freedom of press, freedom of expression and freedom of publication, the federation pointed out.

The National Bar Association strongly condemned attempts to monopolize the media sector as well as the police raid on TAP in order to impose the forceful appointment of new CEO Kamel Ben Younes.

In a statement released Thursday, the Bar Association described the assault on TAP journalists as «an unprecedented and serious».

While expressing full support to journalists in their fight to promote freedom of press in the country, the Bar Association called on organizations, parties and personalities to stand against any attempt to undermine the achievements of the people, their freedom and freedom of the press.

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