Tunisia: journalists plan strike in opposition to increasing press restrictions

  • 31 Mar 2022

Media workers in the country will strike on 2 April in protest at diminishing media freedom.

The NUJ has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNTJ), in supporting strike action by public sector media workers on 2 April in Tunisia. 

NUJ members are urged to support the workers including journalists from four media organisations, protesting at restrictions that limit editorial independence and reporting. President Kaïs Saied and his government have been accused by the SNTJ of attempting to control state-owned media, and limiting the ability of journalists and media workers to carry out their roles.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said: 

"Freedom of speech and media was a key gain for Tunisians after 2011. Today we sadly see these fundamental rights are at serious risk. We stand in solidarity with Tunisian public media workers and fully support their demands for an independent, strong and public service oriented state-owned media in Tunisia."

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