Assaults against journalists down
10/02/2020 13:37, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)-The Monitoring Unit of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) reported a drop in physical assaults against journalists in January 2020 compared to December 2019.

"Eleven assaults were committed against journalists last January, in addition to two cases of legal action, two related to barriers to reporting and three others to harassment," the monitoring unit said in its monthly report presented on Monday.

"There are fewer attacks compared to December 219, but there is more violence on the Internet and social media," the unit warned.

The SNJT report deplored the persistence of violence and verbal assaults against journalists, especially when it comes to access to information, blaming the police, government officials, MPs and civil society representative for violence against media professionals.

According to the same report, the attacks were mainly perpetrated in Tunis (4 cases), Sousse (3), Kairouan (2 cases) while the two other attacks were committed in the governorates of Tataouine and Gafsa.

In another connection, the SNJT called on the Prime Ministry to remove all circulars and ministerial instructions that hamper journalists' work.

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