Rights groups condemn arrest of Tunisian reporter following criticism of minister

LONDON: Rights groups have condemned the arrest of prominent Tunisian journalist Zied El-Heni and urged authorities to release him immediately.

El-Heni was detained on Dec. 28, shortly after he criticized Tunisia’s minister of commerce, Kalthoum Ben Rejeb, during that day’s live broadcast of his daily “Emission Impossible” show on independent radio station IFM. Local sources reported that the broadcaster used the Tunisian Arabic word “kazi,” meaning “puppet,” to describe the politician.

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