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Tunisia: Appeal ruling against former presidential adviser ‘a new low’ for freedom of expression

Headline Title:  Tunisia: Appeal ruling against former presidential adviser ‘a new low’ 07 January 2013 A military appeal court in Tunisia has upheld the conviction on defamation charges of a former presidential adviser and handed him an even harsher punishment, in what Amnesty International called a "new low" for freedom of expression in the country since the ousting of President Ben Ali.  On 4 January, the court in the capital Tunis extended Ayoub Massoudi’s original suspended sentence from four months to one year’s imprisonment, based on a September 2012 conviction for "undermining…

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