Assaults against journalists drop by 80% between October and November (SNJT report)
04/12/2017 15:45, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Assaults against journalists dropped by 80% in November compared to October (10 assaults against 51).

November’s assaults were committed against eleven journalists including seven women, the Tunisian National Union of Journalists (SNJT)’s monitoring unit revealed in a report.

Citizens, public officials and unknown people are the number one perpetrators of these attacks followed by representatives of the judicial system and political parties and also, for the first time, writers, the unit further added. Only one attack was made by security forces during this period.

The union who welcomed the decrease of assaults against the sector’s professions called for the actual abolition of circular n4 on right to access public information and activation of the Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity that was issued on November 20, 2017.

The SNJT requested to be heard by the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) regarding the amendment of draft law on the Higher Committee of Human Rights for the creation of a permanent committee in charge of safety of journalists.

The union further called on the President of the Republic to ratify the International Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and Other Media Professionals that was launched by the International Federation of Journalists.

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