Ailing journalist faces three years in prison

first_imgOpposition politician and activist Zouhair Makhlouf has meanwhile been detained in Mornaguia prison since 21 October. He is due to appear before a court in Grombalia on 3 November. October 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ailing journalist faces three years in prison Organisation News Ben Brik was arrested yesterday morning after presenting himself at a police station in response to a summons in connection with an alleged attack on a woman in the street last week. Transferred to Mornaguia prison, 20 km north of Tunis, he faces a possible three-year jail sentence. His trial is scheduled to begin on 19 November. Follow the news on Tunisia “These are trumped-up charges designed to ensure that Ben Brik languishes in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This dissident journalist needs to take medicine regularly for a serious condition but the authorities have opted to cause as much harm as possible. We call for his release on humanitarian grounds pending his trial.” Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Help by sharing this information Other journalists have been targeted in the past few days. The Reporters Without Borders Tunisia correspondent, Slim Boukhdhir (photo), was assaulted by five men on a Tunis street on 28 October. The same day, there were three attempts to force the door of Mouldi Zouabi, the correspondent of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi and the website of the Dubai-based satellite TV station Al-Arabiya. December 26, 2019 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the prosecutor-general’s decision today to place Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik in custody on charges of violating public decency, defamation, assault and damaging another person’s property. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News The press freedom organisation has also written to French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and to the French and US ambassadors to Tunisia about the case. News As communication minister Oussama Romdhani is not saying anything about the matter, Reporters Without Borders today asked the prison authorities to ensure that, pending his release, Ben Brik is able to take his medicine at the times set by his doctors and that his conditions of detention are appropriate to his very delicate state of health. Ben Brik suffers from Cushing’s Syndrome, a chronic ailment that strips him of all immunity. As a result of this serious condition, his health will deteriorate quickly if he is unable to take medicine at regular set times. As he has no immunity, it is vital that he should be placed in a clear and warm location. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more