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Blogger arrested, tortured in Tunisia

November 8, 2002
Blogger arrested, tortured in Tunisia

OJR article: Tunisia Stifles Web Publications

Both his lawyer and close friends say Yahyaoui was tortured while in police custody; his interrogators used physical punishment to force him to reveal the access password to his site. After that experience, Yahyaoui didn’t bother attending court to hear the final verdict. He already knew what the decision would be from the presidential arm of power known as the Tunisian judiciary — that was, after all, what he had been writing about in the first place.

For daring to criticize the Tunisian government, online journalist and blogger Zouhair Yahyaoui was arreseted, tortured, and imprisoned for criticizing the less-than-democratic government of Tunisia.

Read the entire piece, folks.

How long before the crackdowns begin here in the US? I’m only half-kidding when I say that, too.

Found via Boing Boing.

2 Responses to Blogger arrested, tortured in Tunisia

  • You’ve hit the big time Scott! I just came to this archived entry from a link off of the MSNBC.com Weblog Central website on a bit they did about the arrest of Sina Motallebi. Here’s the related blurb:

    NOT THE FIRST TIME

    While it’s common knowledge that people can lose jobs, friends, and lovers because of what they’ve written in their Weblogs, Motallebi’s is the first blog-related arrest I’d heard of. A quick look around, however, found that the only reason I hadn’t heard of others was because I hadn’t been paying attention.

    Last November, the Gamer’s Nook reported, “For daring to criticize the Tunisian government, online journalist and blogger Zouhair Yahyaoui was arreseted, tortured, and imprisoned for criticizing the less-than-democratic government of Tunisia,” citing Boing Boing and Online Journalism Review.

    You now have my permissiong to get a swelled head. 🙂

  • Heh. That’s cool. I’ll go take a peak at Weblog Central again. Been a while.