Tunisian Journalists on Strike

Unsurprisingly, they would like the right to free expression


Tunis — Tunisian journalists are staging a strike during the whole day on Wednesday to demand the establishment of freedom of expression.

The resort to general strike has been decided by the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) after the failure of dialogue and on account of the persistent refusal of the government to meet the demands of journalists and all the media staff, reads the general motion of the SNJT extended executive committee dated last September 25.

The claims of journalists focus on the following thirteen items:

listing freedom of expression, of the press and of creation without any reservation in the new Constitution.

Enforcing government decrees n°115 and 116 , setting up the Independent broadcasting regulatory authority as soon as possible, and rejection of draft laws providing for penalties against journalists or restricting freedom of the press or expression.