Tunis/Tunisia — Twelve journalists were victims of attacks in April 2021, a figure that is down compared to the first three months of the same year, said the Monitoring Unit of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT).
In its monthly report for April, the union called on the Interior Ministry to "seriously" investigate the police raid on the premises of the Tunis Afrique Presse Agency on April 13, 2021, as well as the attacks on journalists.
The SNJT urged the Prime Ministry to summon the ministerial departments to apply the principles of transparency, open governance and to respect the right of access of journalists to information.
In this connection, it invited the Ministry of Public Health to immediately cancel the internal circular that hinders obtaining information from the department's sources.
The union also called on the Interior Department to investigate the attacks on journalists by police officers and to take appropriate action.
In the same report, the union calls on national organisations to show solidarity with journalists who are victims of attacks and to encourage the establishment of a national strategy to protect journalists against all forms of violence, citing gender-based violence in particular.