Banned in Tunisia

Neila Charchour Hachicha published an article in NRO that was critical of the Tunisian government’s anti-free speech policies:

It has been more than two years since President Bush requested Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to allow political freedoms and freedom of the press. Ben Ali ignored Bush’s request. There have been no substantive reforms. Rather, Ben Ali has increased oppression under the guise of combating terrorism. In reality, it is not terrorism the Tunisian regime is combating; its wrath is directed at even the most moderate and peaceful political voices.

Shortly after her article appeared, Tunisian government officials banned her website in Tunisia.

Michael Rubin at The Corner says that someone trying to access her site from within Tunisia will get this message:

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Tunisia Online says that Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali instituted a variety of democratic changes, including the following:

Freedom of thought and expression is protected by law and the Code of the Press is expected to be amended a third time, soon, to further promote freedom of the press.

Lies. Freedom of thought and expression exists only for those who agree with the Tunisian government’s policies. All criticism is banned.

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  1. Lee April 22, 2006
  2. McGehee April 22, 2006