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Tunisia: ‘You can go to jail for a word or an idea’

Headline Title:  Tunisia: ‘You can go to jail for a word or an idea’ 11 December 2013 When Jabeur Mejri, a Tunisian blogger, expressed views online that were deemed offensive to Islam, it cost him his freedom. He was jailed in 2012 for over seven years for “attacking sacred values through actions or words” and “undermining public morals”.  Lina Ben Mhenni is the author of the blog A Tunisian Girl. She told Amnesty International about her shock at Jabeur’s sentence, and the risks Tunisians run by expressing their views freely. “Jabeur’s conviction and sentence was a big shock.…

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