The journalist, Salah Atiyah, accused of ‘harming public order’ after he mentioned the president requested the military to shut commerce union headquarters.
The Tunisian police have arrested journalist Salah Atiyah for commenting in a TV interview that President Kais Saied had requested the military to shut the headquarters of the highly effective UGTT commerce union, a witness advised the Reuters information company on Saturday.
“Police in civilian garments arrested Atiyah in a restaurant within the suburb of Ibn Khaldoun within the capital,” the witness, who was with Attia, advised Reuters by telephone.
There was no official affirmation of the arrest, and authorities couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
On Saturday, navy prosecutors mentioned that they had opened an investigation into Atiyah on suspicion of “harming public order and the impartiality of the military”.
Atiyah mentioned on Saturday that President Saied had requested the military to shut the UGTT headquarters and put political leaders underneath home arrest, however that the military had refused.
Normal Secretary of the UGTT, Noureddine Taboubi, denied Atiyah’s allegations.
Saied has been dealing with rising criticism that he seeks to consolidate one-man rule since seizing energy final July in a transfer his opponents known as a coup. He subsequently put aside the 2014 structure to rule by decree and dismissed the elected parliament.
The president’s opponents accuse him of undermining the democratic positive aspects of the 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring, however he says his strikes have been authorized and wanted to avoid wasting Tunisia from a chronic political disaster.
The president final month known as for a nationwide dialogue to organize a “new structure for a brand new republic” and excluded principal political events. Different main gamers such because the UGTT refused to take part in what it mentioned could be a dialogue with a predetermined final result.
Nationwide strike on June 16
The chief of the UGTT, which has about a million members, mentioned on Thursday it was being “focused” by authorities after it refused to take part within the talks.
The highly effective union has known as for a nationwide strike on June 16 to demand a rise in wages and oppose President Saied’s proposed spending cuts and privatisation because the nation faces an financial disaster.
Tunisia faces its worst monetary disaster and is searching for a $4bn mortgage from the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) seen as essential to chase away nationwide chapter, in change for unpopular reforms, together with meals and power subsidies cuts and wage freezes.
A coalition of 10 worldwide human rights teams on Friday slammed the Tunisian president for dealing “a deep blow to judicial independence” after he fired dozens of judges.
Saied issued a presidential decree on June 1 by which he awarded himself the facility to fireplace judges, after which sacked 57, accusing them of corruption and defending “terrorists” – accusations the Tunisian Judges’ Affiliation mentioned have been largely politically motivated.
The transfer has triggered protests from judges who accuse Saied of “interference” within the judiciary.
Final week, the speaker of Tunisia’s dissolved parliament and president of the Ennahdha occasion, mentioned the nation was dwelling underneath “a state of tyranny” as President Saied pushed forward with plans for a controversial referendum on changing the post-revolution structure.
Saied’s plan to carry a referendum subsequent month – a yr after his energy seize – has met with protests.