Tunis journalist to be jailed for ‘insulting’ president

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President Kais Saied. (Photo: Wikipedia)
TUNIS— A Tunisian military court sentenced a journalist to four months in prison on Friday for “insulting” President Kais Saied, the journalist’s lawyer said.اضافة اعلان

Amer Ayad, a presenter on the private channel Zitouna TV, is still at liberty pending an appeal, lawyer Samir Ben Amor said.

Ayad was charged in October last year after delivering a heated monologue against Saied, who three months earlier had sacked the government and suspended parliament in the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Ayad had also criticized Saied’s nomination of Prime Minister Najla Bouden, saying she would be “nothing more than a servant of the sultan”.

He suggested that Saied had named Bouden, the Arab world’s first female prime minister, after failing to find a man for the job.

Ayad was arrested days later and detained for two months.

Abdellatif Al-Aloui, a member of the conservative Islamist movement Al-Karama who also appeared on Ayad’s show, was sentenced to three months in prison in the same case and will appeal, Ben Amor said.

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