Tunisian Authorities Raid Al-Jazeera Bureau Amid Political Turmoil

Government buildings in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.

New York — In response to news reports that Tunisian security forces today stormed Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera's Tunis bureau, ordered staff to leave the building, confiscated equipment, and barred staff from returning, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

"Today's raid by Tunisian security forces on Al-Jazeera's bureau jeopardizes the country's bellwether status for press freedom in the region, 10 years after Tunisians fought to begin a transition to democracy," said CPJ Senior Middle East and North Africa Researcher Justin Shilad. "Tunisian authorities must immediately and unconditionally allow Al-Jazeera's Tunis bureau to resume operations and let all journalists in the country work freely."

The raid came a day after Tunisian President Kais Saied fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and froze parliament's activities, amid protests over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic issues, according to news reports.

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