Friday, July 24, 2009

The exemplary police state of Tunisia

"Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard wrote to Tunisian justice minister Béchir Tekkari yesterday calling for human rights activist Khedija Arfaoui's conviction to be quashed. On 4 July, a Tunis court sentenced her to eight years in prison on a charge of "disturbing public order" for posting a message about the rumoured abduction of children for their organs on the social-networking website Facebook."