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

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon
Fri Jan 7 22:12:08 EET 2011

FYI, Global Voices has a special coverage page of the unrest in Tunisia

Also note that Sami Ben Gharbia, director of Global Voices Advocacy who also happens to be a Tunisian exile, has along with several colleagues been documenting the Tunisian government's aggressive efforts at Internet censorship and surveillance - and the growing anti-censorship movement - for the past several years. See: 

Amongst authoritarian countries Tunisia has one of the highest levels of both aggressiveness and sophistication when it comes to Internet censorship and surveillance.

I recommend that people wanting guidance on how to approach the Tunisia situation and how to help Tunisian victims of the crackdown should connect with Sami.


Rebecca MacKinnon
Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Co-founder, GlobalVoicesOnline.org
Cell: +1-617-939-3493
E-mail: rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Twitter: @rmack

On Jan 7, 2011, at 2:24 PM, andrew at torproject.org wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 07, 2011 at 04:27:40PM +0100, meryem at marzouki.info wrote 2.2K bytes in 54 lines about:
> : 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.
> I've blogged about what I've seen from Tunisia over the past few days,
> https://blog.torproject.org/blog/measuring-tunisian-tor-usage
> I knew something was up this week when one of my private tor bridges I
> run-in this case for activists in Tunisia that I met in 2008-suddenly
> stopped getting any traffic at all this week.
> -- 
> Andrew
> pgp key: 0x74ED336B
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