Neila Charchour Hachicha

Neila Charchour Hachicha

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
35° 49' 4.1268" N, 8° 57' 53.4384" E
Status: Threatened
Threatened on 31 Mar 2006

Tunisian blogger and activist Neila Charchour Hachicha was forced to stop blogging since the Tunisian regime threatened her family after she spoke out publicly against Ben Ali's regime on Al Jazeera and at the conference "Dissent and Reform in the Arab World" organized by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. This is what she wrote in her last article "From Tunisia, a Tale of Cruelty and Silence", published by the Lebanese Daily Star:

"Within a month, the government had made bogus charges against my husband for a real estate transaction, which led to a 10-month prison sentence. Eyewitnesses watched the police confiscate my car, although they continue to deny involvement. Plainclothes police surrounded my house and registered the license plate numbers of all visitors. Some friends told me they received instructions not to visit or contact me. Others alerted me that they were receiving by mail an indecently doctored photo taken of my daughter during her engagement party. The government blocked my Internet connection. Finally the police summoned me for hours of questioning. They asked me to sign a statement never to blame the police again for its abuses."

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