Slim Amamou

Slim Amamou

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
36° 49' 7.716" N, 10° 9' 57.456" E
Status: Released
Released on 21 May 2010

Blogger and anti-censorship activist Slim Amamou (@slim404), together with Yassin Ayari, took upon themselves the courageous responsibility of calling to rally in front of the Tunisian Ministry of communication technologies on May 22nd to protest the Internet filtering policy in the country, while ensuring to request a permit and respect the proper legal procedures which are required to hold a rally. The rally in Tunisia was also  part of a May 22 worldwide day against Internet filtering in the country.On May 21, a day before the rally, the two main organizers were arrested and investigated during the entire day. They appeared later on separate video messages where they were forced by the security forces to call off the rally and urge protestors to stay home. Slim was also forced to sign a document stating that he “understood that his call for a demonstration is wrong.”

Following the ousting of Ben Ali, Amamou was made a member of the government ministry, though he later resigned.

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