RSF: Tripoli’s new rules put journalists’ lives in danger

Posted on July 12, 2018

NAFCC agrees on the concern expressed in RSF’s statement published on July, the 10th, 2018, about the working conditions of journalists in Libya::

“Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Libya’s Government of National Accord to stop obstructing and endangering foreign journalists and Libyan journalists who work for international media.”

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NAFCC reiterates its concern after a fourth incident in 2018

Posted on March 13, 2018

The NAFCC deplores a new incident and expresses its concern over the pressure on journalists.

On Monday 12, March 2018, two plain clothes policemen attended at the house of Mr. Hamdi Tlili – a Tunisian citizen who works as a reporter for France 24. At that time Mr. Tlili was absent, and so the policemen waited in the street outside his house until his return. Upon his arrival they questioned Mr. Tlili about his work. In particular they referred to two reports from 2012 and 2017 which Mr. Tlili had worked on and asked him to identify a person who had appeared in these reports but whose face had been blurred out. Mr. Tlili was further questioned about his family (names, jobs…). When he asked why he was being interrogated the policemen told him that this was normal procedure as he worked for a foreign media channel.

The NAFCC notes that according to the fundamental principles of press freedom, a journalist is not obliged to reveal his sources. The attendance of police or security forces at the home of a journalist and his family is regarded as a form of intimidation.

Hamdi Tlili is a journalist of several years experience and is fully accredited to work as a journalist, carrying both the national press card and monthly filming permit.

This is the fourth incident since January of this year to be reported by a member of a foreign media based in Tunis. Earlier this year the NAFCC had audience with the offices of the Prime Minister and the President of the Tunisian Republic. The association noted the government’s commitment to respect the freedom of the press in Tunisia and the working conditions of foreign correspondents. However now the NAFCC is waiting for concrete action by the State of Tunisia. The procedures in place must be respected by the security forces. Every journalist must be able to work freely, especially if he or she holds a press card accredited by the Presidence of the Government of Tunisian Republic.

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Concerns grow for journalists following a third detention

Posted on January 16, 2018

The NAFCC one again expresses its deep concerns over the growing pressure on foreign journalists working in Tunis and condemns the arrest of two journalists.

The latest incident happened on Monday, 15th January, when Nacer Talel, videographer for Anadolu Agency and his photographer colleague Enes Canli, were covering the Football Club Esperance’s 99th anniversary in the Bab Souika district of Tunis. Both journalists are fully accredited with the Tunisian authorities and Nacer Talel also holds a filming license issued by the communication services of the government presidency press office.

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NAFCC condemns the detention of a foreign correspondent in Tunis

Posted on January 14, 2018

The NAFCC expresses its concern at the growing pressure faced by foreign journalists working in Tunisia.

In the latest incident on Sunday, January, 14th, Michel Picard, the french correspondent of RFI, who was covering the visit of the tunisian president Beiji Caïd Essebsi in Ettadhamen, west of Tunis, was briefely detained while reporting.

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The NAFCC deplores the convening of a foreign correspondent

Posted on January 11, 2018

The NAFCC deplores the convening of a foreign correspondent in the office of the National Guard at Bardo area.
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Tribute to Farida Ayari

Posted on December 19, 2017


It was with immense sadness that we learned of the passing of our sister journalist and former Vice President of the North Africa Foreign Correspondents Club, (NAFCC).  Farida’s talent and energy fuelled a career that spanned some 40 years; she is remembered for her rigorous professionalism, for being an intransigent free spirit and having a wonderful sense of humour.  Until the end she embodied a specific idea of journalism, fiercely independent and and one who eschewed plaudits and honours.

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