Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
A journalist taped shut with a sticker that reads "censorship" © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Several hundred journalists staged a protest in front of SNJT chanting slogans calling for a free press. © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Many journalists had expressed concern at the government's attempts to curb media freedom. © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
The strike was called last month as several people were appointed by the government to key positions in public media. © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
"Freedom of press and expression is not only for journalists but for all the people of Tunisia," said the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) in a statement. © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
Regulating the media industry is one of the key demands of the striking journalists. © Rabii Kalboussi
Journalists take to the streets in Tunisia
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Last updated: October 20, 2012

PHOTO ESSAY: Tunisian journalists stage unprecedented protest

Tunisian journalists went on a nationwide strike on Wednesday after months of rising tensions with the government, led by the Islamist party Ennahda, which is accused of restricting press freedom.

“Freedom of press and expression is not only for journalists but for all the people of Tunisia," said the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) in a statement. 

Hundreds of journalists demonstrated in Tunis in front of the SNJT headquarters, chanting slogans such as "free press, independent journalists."

The 1,200-member journalists' union called for the protest; the first-ever general strike for media professionals to be staged in Tunisia.

The union accuses the government of appointing officials close to the ruling party in an attempt to restrict freedom of expression in the North African country. 

Rabii Kalboussi is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Tunisia. You find him on Twitter @Rabii_K.

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