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Blogger Appears in Court Over Defamation Sentence

Tuesday 26 November 2013, by Tunisia Live

Blogger and journalist Hakim Ghanmi appeared today before the Tunis Military Court of Appeals over charges of ‘army defamation.’

Last April, Ghanmi published a post on his blog Waraqat Tounisia, criticizing the treatment of his sister-in-law at the military hospital of Gabes. Ghanmi alleged that the hospital’s director denied the patient treatment despite having an appointment and threatened her.

Last July, the Permanent Military Tribune of Sfax fined Ghanmi 240 Tunisian Dinars (140 USD) for ‘defaming a public official’ (Article 128 of the Penal Code). The more serious charges of “undermining the reputation of the army” (Article 91 of the Military Code) and “disturbing others through public communication networks” (Article 86 of the Telecommunication Code) were dismissed.

Ghanmi told Tunisia Live the state is appealing all verdicts and that he is appealing the July fine.

“As a blogger and a citizen I do have the right to express myself whenever I see an administrative error,” Ghanmi said, describing his case as a “political trial.”

“On my blog I always criticize government ministers and Ennahdha,” he added.

The next hearing has been scheduled for January 7.

SOURCE: http://www.tunisia-live.net/2013/11/26/blogger-appears-in-court-over-defamation-sentence/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blogger-appears-in-court-over-defamation-sentence

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