Wave of arrests of bloggers and activists

(rsf.org) Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances yesterday of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities.

The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at least five such cases but the list could well be longer.

Police arrested the bloggers to question them about hacking into government websites by the militant group Anonymous, several sources told the organisation.

Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to release them as soon as possible. “These arrests, intended to intimidate Tunisian Internet-users and their international backers, are likely to prove counter-productive, by stoking up tension. Arresting several bloggers is not the way to get images of demonstrations deleted from the web or for cyber-attacks to be halted”, Reporters Without Borders said. “Stepping up the repression is absolutely not a solution to the crisis engulfing Tunisia today”. Read more…

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