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Tunisia: ANHRI Calls for Probe into the Assault on “Al-Mutawasit TV” Crew

Tuesday 4 February 2014, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the continuous abuses and attacks on journalists and media professionals on the job as well as the failure of Tunisian authorities to provide a suitable climate for practicing media and press professions unconditionally and without fear.

Alaa Al-Din Al-Sakka- “Al-Mutawasit TV” cameraman- and the accompanying crew were attacked and insulted last Wednesday, January 29, by five workers from Tunisian General Labour Union in Sfax, while they were covering a protest organized by trade unionists. The workers beat and kicked the cameraman, handcuffed him and then confiscated his own camera and some equipment. Thereafter, the cameraman was able to regain the camera, but without memory cards along with some personal items; following negotiations that were conducted with them.

ANHRI said, “The attack on media professional “Alaa Al-Din Al-Sakka” and the accompanying crew is a continuation of violations committed against journalists and media professionals, whether by persons or some Tunisian state security bodies. This matter threatens the steps are being taken by Tunisian authorities towards democratic transformation; returning to the dictatorial era with press and media freedoms.”

ANHRI calls on Tunisian authorities to urgently investigate the ongoing attacks on media outlets and to bring perpetrators to a fair trial.

SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=15279

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