[IRP] Slim Amamou (and other bloggers) arrested in Tunisia

Meryem Marzouki meryem
Fri Jan 7 18:24:33 EET 2011

For more efficiency, I think it's better to join any action that  
might be undertaken by the people who are closer to the protesters  
than both IRP and FoE lists are. Watch out these websites, inter alia  
(in English):

- http://24sur24.posterous.com/tag/sidibouzid (events and protests in  
Tunisia, on and off line)
- http://nawaat.org/portail/ (reporting and cyberactivism)
- http://globalvoicesonline.org/-/world/middle-east-north-africa/ 

As well as the press and human rights defenders / press freedom  
organizations websites. Mainstream media are starting to report on  
the events, but Al Jazeera has an extended coverage, including this  
article on "Tunisia's bitter cyberwar" at: http:// 

If you're on twitter, useful hashtags are: #SidiBouzid, #OpTunisia.  
If you want to follow the twitter account of Al Jazeera journalist  
covering the situation: http://twitter.com/yasmineryan

One may also join demonstrations and other actions in different  
countries where they're organized. There are some in Paris, and  
Montreal, and probably other cities where there's an active Tunisian  
community, especially students.


Le 7 janv. 11 ? 16:40, Dixie Hawtin a ?crit :

> Hi Meryem,
> I have heard about the very sorry situation in Tunisia and it is  
> desperately sad that Slim has been targeted. Thanks for letting us  
> know.
> I'm just wondering is there anything we can do? An online petition,  
> or people we should send messages of support (or censure) to, or  
> something else? Does anyone have any ideas? I would like us to  
> respond in some way.
> Thanks,
> Dixie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org [mailto:irp- 
> bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org] On Behalf Of Meryem  
> Marzouki
> Sent: 07 January 2011 15:28
> To: IRP; Expression IPjustice
> Subject: [IRP] Slim Amamou (and other bloggers) arrested in Tunisia
> Dear all,
> You've probably heard about the situation in Tunisia, with street
> demonstrations, strikes and other actions following events in the
> city of Sidi Bouzid since mid-December, when a young unemployed men
> selling goods in the streets immolate himself after the police seized
> his goods. He recently died. These protests and of course this
> desperate act, are a consequence of corruption and very high level of
> unemployment, especially for young people including highly educated
> people, in the country.
> The Tunisian authorities exercizes severe repression against
> protesters, and has intensified the censorship of the press and any
> independent reporting and the targetting of any dissenting voice. In
> particular, Slim Amamou - who recently participated to our
> discussions on the IRP list, that's why I'm especially mentioning
> him  - and other bloggers have been arrested, and there are no news
> about their situation, except that Slim was detained at the ministry
> of Interior headquarters.
> Information in English may be found at: http://
> globalvoicesonline.org/-/world/middle-east-north-africa/tunisia/ and
> at: http://fr.readwriteweb.com/2011/01/07/divers/blogueur-slim-amamou-
> auteur-sur-readwriteweb-arrt-en-tunisie-sidibouzid/?
> utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A
> +readwriteweb-france+%28ReadWriteWeb+France%29 (the latter article is
> in French, but there are some comments in English at the bottom of
> the page).
> There is also an audio interview in English, including an interview
> of Slim - of course before his arrest - at: http://media.theworld.org/
> audio/010620118.mp3 (interview by Clark Boyd,BBC correspondent in
> Brussels,published on 6 January).
> Wanted to let you know...
> Best,
> Meryem
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