Courageous young cyber-dissident dies of heart attack

first_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en March 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Courageous young cyber-dissident dies of heart attack Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisian cyber-dissident, Zouhair Yahyaoui, the founder and editor of the online newspaper TUNeZINE, died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 36. “Zouhair was a courageous activist and resolute defender of free expression in his country. We must continue his fight,” Reporters Without Borders said. Reporters Without Borders voiced its deep regret today at the death of the young Tunisian cyber-dissident, Zouhair Yahyaoui, 36, the founder and editor of the online newspaper TUNeZINE, who died yesterday of a heart attack.”We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Zouhair,” the press freedom organization said. “This young man was a courageous activist and resolute defender of free expression in his country. He always fought for the right to freely inform his fellow citizens. Even prison failed to silence him.”Tunisia has lost one of its most active supporters of the struggle for a greater democracy. Zouhair had managed to open a breach in the tightly controlled Tunisian Internet. His efforts were not in vain and it is now up to us to continue the fight.”Yahyaoui woke yesterday with pains in his chest and died a few hours later at the Habib Thameur hospital in Tunis. His funeral will take place today. Reporters Without Borders immediately sent a representative to express its condolences personally to the family.Using the pseudonym “Ettounsi,” which means Tunisian in Arabic, Yahyaoui founded the website tunezine.com in July 2001 as a way to circulate information about the situation of freedoms in Tunisia. He also posted opposition statements on the site, and was the first to publish an open letter to the president by Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui criticising the judicial system.The Tunis appeal court sentenced him to two years in prison for “disseminating inaccurate news” on 10 July 2002, a few weeks after plain-clothes police arrested him in an Internet cafe. During interrogation he was subjected twice to a form of torture in which the victim is made to hang from his arms with his feet barely touching the ground. He received a conditional release on 18 November 2003. News News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Receive email alerts News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more