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Reporters Without Borders visited Tunisia from 2 to 4 February to evaluate the situation of the media two weeks after the fall of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, to analyze their needs and to determine what contribution it could make during this transition period.
Military police reportedly detained Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer, the blogger better known as Kareem Amer, together with the film-maker Samir Eshra on Cairo's Kasr El-Nil bridge yesterday evening as they were leaving Tahrir Square. Reporters Without Borders calls for their immediate release.
Arab civil society organizations from 14 Arab countries call for serious reform in the Arab countries.
With concern and responsibility we have been following the Arab popular movements demanding freedom and democracy in all Arab countries in a peaceful and spontaneous manner, and as the undersigned civil society organizations express their excitement of the peoples revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt, these movements and claims revealed the lack of legitimacy of Arab regimes as they imposed the police systems that do not respect freedom of opinion and expression, assembly and association on the one hand and have been forging the will of the people for several decades, through the organization of a series of forged parliamentary and presidential elections under the nose of public opinion, domestic and international, not to mention the rampant corruption and tyranny.
Cairo , December 29th , 2010
The Arabic Network for Human rights Information today denounced the security siege and the ruthless assaults on protesters and demonstrators in the recent protests in many Tunisian cities against unemployment and deteriorating economic conditions. Many Tunisians were arrested and tortured in police stations. Security opened fire on demonstrates leading to one young man killed and many injured. The Tunisian government is leading a crackdown on alJazeera for covering the riots and the security encroachments.