On Tuesday, Tunisian security forces stormed the headquarters of the official news agency by force to impose the appointment of a new director general of the institution by public force, after journalists and workers refused this appointment.
The Journalists Syndicate said that despite warning journalists, technologists and their union structures in the Tunis Africa News Agency of the danger of political appointments at the head of public media institutions, the government chose a policy of strong passage and confrontation rather than a policy of dialogue and the adoption of transparent and clear criteria in appointments.
The National Syndicate strongly condemned this step, stressing that it is a dangerous and absolutely rejected transgression.
The Syndicate warned that the policy of open confrontation with the media would increase tension, social tension and lack of confidence, and that the government would bear responsibility for what happened in “Watt” and “Shams FM” as a result of political appointments.
The Syndicate called on the government to review political and party appointments at the head of the media and open a serious and deep dialogue on reforming these institutions instead of seeking to domesticate them to serve narrow political and party agendas.
The Syndicate affirmed its readiness to engage in all forms of struggle to defend the independence of public media institutions and sources, calling for a well-prepared and successful strike in the agency scheduled for April 22, 2020.
The National Syndicate of Journalists also called on all female journalists and journalists to join the headquarters of the Tunis Africa News Agency to support their colleagues.
The official spokesman for the Tunisian General Labor Union, Sami Taheri, confirmed, “The prime minister, Hisham El-Mechichi, gave the order to the security forces to storm the agency’s headquarters, to implement the decision to install Kamal Ben Younes at the head of the agency,” according to him.
“The dictatorship is taking shape,” Tahiri said in a blog post on his Facebook page.
Source: RT + agencies