Liberation tells how its reporter was beaten and dragged by the Tunisian police during the demonstration against Saied – (Tweet)

Liberation tells how its reporter was beaten and dragged by the Tunisian police during the demonstration against Saied – (Tweet)

Paris – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: The French newspaper, Liberation, said that its correspondent in Tunisia, Matthew Galtier, was severely beaten by a number of police officers while covering the demonstration against President Kais Saied on Friday, and the newspaper’s administration stressed its strong condemnation of this attack.

Liberation indicated that despite the official ban on gathering for health reasons and security forces’ barriers, a few hundred people were able to meet at the Place de l’Horloge, the central point on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, central Tunis, at the beginning of the post-war period. noon. The demonstrators were dispersed with water cannons and tear gas.

Liberation indicated that its reporter, Matthew Galtier, was filming the arrest of a protester using his mobile phone, before being attacked by a policeman in military uniform. He replied in French and Arabic that he was a journalist, but the policeman did not care and tried to take the journalist’s phone. Then other policemen pulled the journalist between two trucks, as the latter recounts: “They started beating me everywhere. I was on the ground screaming that I was a newspaper, and they kicked me. Finally, they took my phone and press card and left me there.”

Liberation stressed its condemnation in the strongest terms for this attack on its correspondent, saying that the state of exception that Tunisia is experiencing does not in any way justify restricting press freedom, while impunity for police violence against journalists in Tunisia.

Liberation submitted a formal protest to the Tunisian ambassador in Paris, Mr. Mohamed Karim Jamoussi, and demanded that her correspondent’s photographic documents be returned immediately, and an investigation be opened with his assailants.