3 April 2008

Alert

Appeals court upholds journalist Slim Boukhdir's one-year sentence


Incident details

Slim Boukhdir

journalist(s)

sentenced

This is available in:

English Français
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is outraged that the country's highest court of appeal in Tunis on 3 April 2008 upheld journalist Slim Boukhdir's one-year prison sentence on a charge of "insulting behaviour towards an official in the exercise of his duty." He has no further possibility of appeal.

"Detained for the past four months, Slim Boukhdir is living a nightmare," the press freedom organisation said. "His arrest was orchestrated by the police and his trial was a sham. The judges turned a deaf ear to the defence lawyers and denied Boukhdir due process. We call for his immediate and unconditional release."

This decision confirmed the verdict and sentence handed down in December 2007 by a district court in Sakiet Ezzit, a suburb of Sfax (230 km south of Tunis), which was in turn upheld by an appeal court in the same district in January.

The correspondent of the London-based "Al Quds Al Arabi" newspaper and the Al-Arabiya TV station's website ( http://www.Al-Arabiya.net), Boukhdir was arrested on the outskirts of Sfax on 26 November after an argument with policemen who were following him. He has now spent a total of 129 days in Sfax prison and his health is deteriorating.



Source

Reporters Without Borders
47, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
France
rsf (@) rsf.org
Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
Tunisia

IFEX members working in this country 1

 
More from Tunisia
  • Freedom on the Net 2017: Tunisia

    Police union activist Walid Zarrouk was sentenced to one year in prison for criticizing members of a counterterrorism unit on Facebook

  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Tunisia

    At least three journalists were charged in military court for allegedly insulting the army through their work.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Tunisia

    A significant increase in violence against journalists was registered during the year, culminating in the assault by police officers of more than 30 journalists attempting to cover a high-profile terrorist attack in Tunis in November.