“The departure of Tunisian despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali – which led to the release of jailed bloggers, activists and journalists, including Fahem Boukadous – is both cause for celebration and an opportunity for more free expression reform, say members of the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) and other IFEX members.
The Ben Ali regime ran a 23-year-long campaign against the independent press, from denying them registration and seizing publications to outright physical assault and imprisonment.”
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“A Tunisian dissident blogger has been appointed minister for youth and sport, in what the country’s prime minister had labelled a fracturing cabinet.
Slim Amamou had been an active blogger in a country once known for the world’s most advanced Internet censorship.
He and fellow bloggers in Tunisia circulated news and video aimed at protesting against the former government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
While Amamou spread news of the protests, the state cracked down with tactics such as hacking into Facebook accounts, swiped passwords and codes and deleted entire pages.”
“This week, Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi pointed toward Wikileaks as the main instigator of the recent Tunisian riots that started a month ago. According to New York Magazine, Qaddafi believed that the whistle-blowing website released cables were supported by American ambassadors hoping to add fuel to the already growing fire of the mostly violent movement.”
From OpenNet Initiative
“Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali quit on Friday after 23 years in power and fled the north African state as the authorities declared a state of emergency following deadly protests.
Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis.
‘I call on Tunisians of all political persuasions and from all regions to demonstrate patriotism and unity,’ Ghannouchi said in a solemn live address.”
“Like many of its neighbours in the region, Tunisia has long approached the internet as a force to be censored.
Tunisians are barred from accessing a wide variety of sites, from the seemingly innocuous YouTube to sites providing information on human rights in their country.
Yet, in a surprising speech in which Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Tunisian president, announced that he will not run again for office, he also promised something long hoped-for by Tunisian netizens: Internet freedom. And shortly after the promise was made, it came true as popular sites like YouTube and Dailymotion were made available to the public.”
From Al Jazeera
“Following persistent widespread protests in Tunisia and the impending general strike tomorrow, Tunisian President Ben Ali held a speech on the state television chanel Tunisie7 with a long list of highly unusual concessions. Among other points he announced that media and Internet censorship will be halted.
Since this speech there have been multiple independent reports that previously blocked Internet sites such as YouTube or the OpenNet Initiative are now accessible without receiving the typical ‘404 messages.”
From Global Voices
“Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances yesterday of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities.
The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at least five such cases but the list could well be longer.
Police arrested the bloggers to question them about hacking into government websites by the militant group Anonymous, several sources told the organisation.”
“The repercussions of Tunisia’s strict online censorship reached an apex in the Arab country this week as multiple DDoS attacks continue to target the government. Hackers known collectively as the Anonymous group took down at least eight government websites beginning on January 2, according to the New New Internet. In their online manifesto, the group cites government censorship as their primary reason for launching their series of attacks which has brought multiple Tunisian administrative sites this week, including the Ministries site and the Tunisian Industry Portal.”
From OpenNet Initiative
“Web activists attacked and temporarily crippled several Tunisian government websites in an act of protest against the country’s embattled leadership.
At least eight websites were targeted, including those of the president, prime minister, ministry of industry, ministry of foreign affairs, and the stock exchange, Al Jazeera reports. The attack, which began Sunday night, coincided with a national strike, planned to take place Monday.”
From The New New Internet
“A portion of 4Chan’s denizens have taken it upon themselves to attack Tunisian government websites.
The attack follows a decision by the Tunisian government to block access to WikiLeaks cables. Given the widespread use of censorware technology in Arab nations, we strongly suspect the Tunisian government is not alone in making this move, but it seems to have become the focus of a DDoS assault, which unsurprisingly floored targeted websites including those of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the government’s official website. Net security firm Sophos reports.”
From The Register