Tunisian journalist freed after detention

3. Tunisia
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TUNIS — The editor of a Tunisian news website close to the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party was released after being detained in relation to a company accused of plotting against the state, his lawyer said Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

Lotfi Hidouri, editor of the Achahed website, had been detained since Thursday. He appeared on Monday before a judge, who ruled he should be released, lawyer Samir Ben Amor told AFP.

Hidouri still faces prosecution, however, over allegedly suspicious transactions between a group that finances his operation and Instalingo, a digital content production firm.

Instalingo has been under investigation since last year for allegedly “plotting against state security” and “inciting violence”, according to Tunisian media reports.

Ben Amor said Hidouri had “no administrative duties” at Achahed that could justify his prosecution.

Rights groups have warned that Saied’s moves threaten the country’s hard-won democratic gains since its 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

In May, the SNJT journalists’ union warned of “serious threats” to press freedom in the North African country.

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