TAP staff to stage general strike on April 22
12/04/2021 19:10, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) -Staff of TAP news agency, on Monday, decided to stage a general strike on April 22, over the Prime Ministry's persistence in appointing Kamel Ben Younes as the new CEO.

In two strike notices, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (French: SNJT) and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) called on the Prime Ministry to reconsider this appointment and set professional criteria for the appointment of TAP CEO to guarantee the independence of this public media.

This is the first decision of its kind since the establishment of TAP news agency in 1961. It was made during a climate of tension marked by a sit-in started by the agency's staff six days ago in protest against this appointment.

The decision on the appointment of Kamel Ben Younes as TAP CEO was published at the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia on April 6, 2021, the day TAP staff began an open sit-in at the agency's headquarters.

TAP Journalists and employees objected the appointment of Ben Younes because "he stood, prior to the Tunisian Revolution, against freedom of press, freedom of expression and union action. On several occasions, he attempted to undermine the independence of the League for the Defense of Human Rights. TAP staff accused Ben Younes of being part of a propaganda under the former dictatorship regime and as well as acting violently against women."

TAP journalists have called on Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi to immediately reverse this "overtly political" appointment and keep the agency away from attempts of political instrumentalisation.





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