Friday, November 18, 2005

Swiss President denounces Tunisian censorship

The Swiss President made an extraordinarily pointed speech at the opening of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis earlier this week:
It is not acceptable - and I say this without beating about the bush - for the United Nations Organisation to continue to include among its members those States which imprison citizens for the sole reason that they have criticised their government or their authorities on the internet or in the press.

Any knowledge society respects the independence of its media as it respects human rights. I therefore expect that freedom of expression and freedom of information will constitute central themes over the course of this Summit.
Kieran McCarthy has the key excerpt on his blog, along with the news that the Tunisian media has been harassing the Swiss delegation ever since. And that a key Swiss media site reporting the incident has been added to the list of sites filtered in Tunis.

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