The journalist, who works for the radio station in Kairouan, will remain temporarily free on bail pending the hearing of the appeal.
A Tunisian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist to a year in prison for refusing to reveal his sources, his employer, the Mosaique FM radio station, announced.
The journalist, who works for the radio station in Kairouan (central), will remain temporarily free on bail pending the hearing of the appeal.
Khalifa Ghesmi was arrested in March under anti-terrorism laws and held for a week after publishing a report on the Mosaique FM website about the dismantling of a “terrorist cell” and the arrest of its members. He persistently refused to reveal his sources to the security forces, resulting in prosecution.
For this particular case, the court also imposed a three-year prison sentence on a member of the security forces, according to the same source.
In a press release issued before the verdict, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) called for “the cessation of all prosecutions” against Khalifa Ghesmi and “the withdrawal of all charges related to the exercise of his profession.” At the same time, he called for “respect for freedom in the exercise of the journalistic profession and (including respect for) its guarantees, especially the protection of sources, freedom of the press and freedom of expression”.
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