Sunday, February 19, 2012
the editor of the daily "Ettounsia" detained, began a hunger strike
Nasreddine Ben Saida began this February 18, 2012 an indefinite hunger strike to protest against his detention. The editor of Tunisian Arabic Ettounsia, has been jailed for three days. He and two of itsjournalists [released after their interrogations, Ed] are prosecuted for violating decency. Judicial authoritiesaccuse them publishing a photo where the German footballer of Tunisian origin Sami Khedira hugs his girlfriend naked supermodel German Lena Gercke. Nasreddine Ben Saida is punishable by 6 months to 5years imprisonment and a fine of 60 to 600 euros. The organization Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of the paper's editor and a stay of proceedings against the three journalists.