Boukadous, 40, a journalist with Al-Hiwar Al-Tunisi satellite television station, went into hiding in July 2008 after discovering that he was wanted by the Tunisian authorities. He was sentenced to six years in prison in December 2008.

In November 2009 he emerged to challenge the sentence on the basis that he had been tried in absentia. A court overturned the previous ruling, but said that Boukadous would again be tried on the same charges. In January of this year, the journalist was found guilty and sentenced to four years in prison, which his lawyers appealed, without avail.

Fahem Boukadous’ appeal against his conviction failed on 6 July 2010. The ailing journalist, who was recently hospitalized with severe breathing difficulties, now faces a four-year prison sentence for “belonging to a criminal association”, “taking part in a group established to prepare or commit an attack against people or property” and “spreading information liable to disrupt public order” over his coverage of protests in the Gafsa area for a satellite television network. The conviction was condemned by Tunisia’s international partners, including the US, which said it was “troubled” by the conviction, and which criticized the “restrictions on freedom of expression” in Tunisia.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry claimed that Boukadous was not a journalist in the first place and that “all parties that try to depict him as a journalist are only spreading misinformation,” saying that he was convicted for “involvement in a criminal association aiming to prepare and commit aggressive acts against people and property,” not for carrying out journalistic coverage.

“Fahem Boukadous was arrested the day after [July 15th, 2010] his release from hospital,” in Sousse, 140km south of the capital Tunis, his lawyer Radia Nasraoui said.

Below is a video interview released by Reporters without Borders of jailed Tunisian journalist Fahem Boukadous. Boukadous simply reported about the protests against unemployment and other grievances in a mining region of Gafsa province in 2008. New York-based Human Rights Watch says Fahem Boukadous and Hassan bin Abdullah were convicted after unfair trials in which the defense was not allowed to present witnesses.

  1. Bonjour,

    Pour le 100ème jour de détention de M. Fahem Boukaddous, la FIDH a décidé de se mobiliser, avec d’autres organisations, autour de son cas et de M. Benabdallah. Un communiqué de presse et un rapport d’observation judiciaire ont été publiés à l’adresse suivante:


    ou en anglais:



    Victor Allenou

  2. Mehmet Ratip says:

    Hi, I am one of the volunteers of Amnesty International’s Ankara/Turkey group. On 7 Nov 2010, Sunday, we organized an urgent action campaign in Kızılay (city centre), Ankara, and collected around a hundred signatures from the people of Ankara for a letter addressed to relevant Tunisian authorities demanding Fahem’s imm…ediate and unconditional release. AI Turkey will send the letters to the relevant authorities. We are also planning to organize more urgent actions (one, hopefully, involving the Tunisian ambassador’s office in Ankara), but what we currently need is up-to-date information on Fahem’s condition in Gafsa prison. The latest piece of information was an AI report dated 19 Oct 2010 giving info about Fahem’s hunger strike and worsening asthma attacks. Can someone give us the contact info (e-mail, telephone, etc.) of someone (Afef Bennaceur) who has up-to-date info on Fahem’s condition so that we can act on accurate information and organize various forms of continuous urgent action in order to contribute to an international movement calling for Fahem’s freedom?

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