Free Jabeur, September 13
© Afef Abrougui
Free Jabeur, September 13
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Last updated: September 15, 2013

Tunisians gather behind Jabeur Mejri (PICTURES)

Banner Icon On 13 September, dozens of protesters gathered at Human Rights Square in Tunis, in support of Jabeur Mejri.

Last year a primary court sentenced Mejri along with his friend Ghazi Beji to seven and half years in prison over the publication of content deemed offensive to Islam. They were found guilty of "publishing material liable to cause harm to public order or good morals", "insulting others through public communication networks" and "assaulting public morals."

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Beji was convicted in absentia after he fled the country to avoid prosecution. He has recently obtained political asylum in France. However, Mejri remains in prison after losing appeal at Tunisia’s Supreme Court. He was also denied a presidential pardon issued on the occasion of Eid.

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Afef Abrougui
Afef Abrougui is a Tunis based freelance journalist and an author for Global Voices Online. She was a former reporter for the free speech NGO Index on Censorship.
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