Tunisian 'Pirate Party' gets legal approval
Tunisian bloggers succeeded in getting permission to form the first anti-censorship party in Africa and the Arab world. ----- By Monia Ghanmi ------- The Tunisian interior ministry just legalised Africa's first anti-censorship political party. The Tunisian Pirate Party, approved on March 13th, is a branch of the worldwide cyber-activist movement. "We established our party to gather together all those thirsty for knowledge hampered by barriers put in place by the political authority in the country, and our goal is to bring our people up to the level of developed countries," spokesman Mohamed Boukoum said in a press statement.
he said. Amamou, who was named Secretary of State for Youth and Sports in the transitional government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, predicted success for the party during the next election because many young people were interested in the field. After the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia lifted curbs on websites, including pornographic sites. But Reporters Without Borders concluded in its latest report that Tunisia was still subject to internet censorship.
The ideology of this party is freedom and use of the internet as infrastructure and democracy, because free Internet is an indicator of democratic nations,
The press freedom watchdog released the study March 12th on the occasion of the World Day Against Cyber Censorship. According to the organisation, restrictions on individual internet users persist.
In this context, Tunisian bloggers plan to continue on the same path of struggle to defend their hard-won freedoms and abolish all forms of censorship that still exist.
Blogger "Boukornine" called on cyber-activists to unify and uphold their role as "the only guarantors of internet freedom". He urged Tunisian bloggers to stay authentic and continue to defend the real objectives of the revolution, which was carried out for freedom of expression.
Though Tunisia lifted curbs on websites after the revolution, some forms of Internet censorship persist, according to Reporters Without Borders.
Jailed Pirate Party member becomes Tunisian government minister
From imprisoned Pirate Party member to government leader, it's been an eventful week for Tunisian blogger and software developer Slim Amamou. Arrested by security forces a week ago, Amamou emerged from jail a few days later only to watch as president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country and the new "unity" government asked Amamou to join.
Amamou's self-portrait after being freed
He was arrested a week ago, as Tunisian demonstrations against the Ben Ali regime reached a peak; security forces apparently wanted to know about any involvement Amamou had with a series of denial of service attacks on Tunisian government websites.