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Tunisia: Comments on the Draft Decrees Making up the Press Law

One of the first priorities of the new Tunisian High Commission for the Realisation of the Objectives of the Revolution and Democratic Transition has been to prepare a new press law (in Arabic) to replace the repressive 1975 law that has been used for over 30 years as a mechanism of control. Unfortunately, despite its name, the draft Press Law released by the Commission in March 2011 fails to deliver on the goals of the revolution. These comments by CLD highlight a number of both strengths and weaknesses in the draft law.

UPDATE: The Tunisian government has since published a new draft, available in Arabic here

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