Reporters Without Borders calls to release Tunisian lawyer

Published July 28th, 2005 - 09:47 GMT

Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of Tunisian lawyer Mohammed Abbou after he announced that he had just begun another hunger strike. Abbou has been in prison since 1 March for daring to express his views online. "It is absolutely unacceptable that going on hunger strike has become the only option left to Abbou," the organization said in a message to Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, adding that it was "outraged" that the president chose to pardon common criminals instead of Abbou for the national holiday.

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