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Is freedom of expression at stake in Tunisia?

There are growing concerns in Tunisia over the declining freedom of expression, Tunisian authorities' crackdown on bloggers and the Nidaa Tunis draft law on electronic defamation.
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Tunisian authorities have been prosecuting a number of bloggers in recent months on charges of using social media websites to criticize the performance of the government and its ministers.

One of those prosecuted as a result of Facebook posts is opposition parliament member and blogger Yassine Ayari, who appeared April 10 before the criminal court of the Tunisian military judicial system on felony charges of treason and conspiring against state security, according Ayari defense team member Malek bin Omar.

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