Tunisia's everlasting army courtroom sentenced journalist Saleh Attia to three months in jail, after accusing him of publishing false information that undermined public order, the impartiality of the army establishment and the dignity of the military. Whereas Amnesty Worldwide known as on “Amnesty” to cease “this farce”.
The Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists had confirmed its refusal to refer the journalists to army justice, and demanded the discharge of Attia Malek, editor-in-chief of the net newspaper Al-Rai Al-Jadid, and to refer him to civil justice in accordance with the decrees regulating the journalistic press. work.
“Amnesty” had known as on the authorities to right away drop all expenses towards Attia, who's showing earlier than a army courtroom, amid public statements concerning the military's rejection of President Qais Saeed's orders.
The case got here towards the backdrop of a tv interview wherein Attia stated the army had did not implement the state president's directions to close down the Labor Union headquarters, the most important commerce union within the nation, and to arrest a few of its leaders.
Amna El Galali, deputy director of Amnesty Worldwide's regional workplace for the Center East and North Africa, stated the authorities are free to oppose what the media publishes about them and to handle to them with out arresting or prosecuting journalists, “in any occasion, no civilian must be tried by army tribunals.” This farce of justice should cease. »
“The authorities' persecution of Attia sends a message to journalists that reporting on the president and state establishments will be dangerous,” the group added.
“The authorities should instantly launch Attia and drop the false expenses towards him,” she added.
On June 10, Attia spoke “remotely” as a visitor on an Al-Jazeera information program, the place he stated the president had requested the army to implement a shutdown determination. places of work of the Common Labor Union, however the military refused (the orders) and knowledgeable the union leaders. He denied these allegations.
Attia additionally stated the army refused Mentioned's request to position (unnamed) political leaders below home arrest.
On June 11, police within the capital arrested Attia. Two days later, the army courtroom of first occasion opened an investigation towards him in reference to the press interview. A army choose ordered him taken into custody, the place he has been since.