Tunisia restores access to Facebook, relaxes other press restrictions
Source: BI-ME , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon September 8, 2008 12:00 am

TUNISIA. Tunisian authorities restored accessibility to the social networking website Facebook after blocking it on 24 August, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced last week.

Tunisian President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali "intervened in person, giving instructions to bypass the restriction as soon as he knew about the censorship of this site", Alarab Online quoted sources in Tunis as saying.

In a separate press release, press freedom advocacy organisation IFEX announced that Tunisian journalist and human rights advocate Sihem Bensedrine was allowed to fly to Vienna this week after twice being barred from leaving the country. Also this week, Tunisian authorities returned freelance journalist Slim Boukhdhir's identification.

 

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