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

M I Franklin cos02mf
Fri Jan 7 19:04:56 EET 2011

 Hi again.

Absolutely right re. taking care. I remember all too well at first hand 
what can/did happen in Tunisia; as many others on this list can remember 
too... we all have our own (witness) accounts and episodes!


--On Friday, January 07, 2011 17:43 +0100 Meryem Marzouki 
<meryem at marzouki.info> wrote:

> Le 7 janv. 11 ? 17:23, Marcin de Kaminski a ?crit :
>> What is disturbing me personally about the arrest of Slim Amamou is
>> that as far as I have understood the Tunisian Pirate Party, in
>> which afaik Amamou is active, have been distributing USB sticks
>> prepared with the TOR Darknet system at universities in Tunis. This
>> means that the regime is going after not only people claims their
>> right to express, but also targetting people actively providing and
>> exploring tools for actually retaking this right. This is for me a
>> clear escalation of repression.
> Why is this disturbing you? I mean, it's a fully coherent and  efficient
> repressive approach. What is new, and in my opinion not  disturbing but
> encouraging, is the distribution of such tools at a  wider level than the
> handful of human rights activists in the country.
> Also, since mailing lists are read, probably including this one, I  would
> advise avoiding writing such things as who's active in which  circles
> (whether it is true or not or simply suspected). The  situation is
> already difficult and dangerous enough for some people  inside the
> country.
> Those who attended WSIS in Tunisia certainly understand how cautious  one
> should be, if not for oneself, at least for the others.
> Best,
> Meryem
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