I am incredibly saddened and deeply enraged to report that my good friend Slim Amamou, Tunisian blogger and activist, was arrested yesterday (see @Malekk’s announcement here). After no one had heard from him for several hours, Slim posted his location to FourSquare to let his friends know where he was. The location? The Ministry of Interior.
I met Slim in December 2009 in Beirut, at the 2nd Arab Bloggers Workshop organized by Global Voices Advocacy and the Heinrich Boll foundation. We immediately connected–over Al Maza, of course–and had many good conversations that week. When I cried like an idiot at the end of the conference, Slim was the first to come over and hug me. Over the past year, Slim has helped me immensely on a number of projects, often doing me huge favors by testing websites or explaining something technical to me. He is one of those people endlessly saying “yes” to people, always helping friends.
Last month, he was invited to speak at Yale and lucky for me, visited Cambridge for the afternoon. I took him to the coffeehouse Algiers, which amused him as much as it did me. He looked different, his hair was flying all over the place. His colleague from Yale told me that he couldn’t cut it, it had become his trademark in Tunisia.
Slim’s “crime”? Speaking openly, tirelessly, and fearlessly about censorship, as far as I know. I call loudly on all of you to speak out against the pervasive Internet filtering in Tunisia, the arrests of journalists and of bloggers, and the lack of media attention being paid to these crimes, particularly in the United States (an ally of Tunisia).
23 replies on “Tunisian Blogger Slim Amamou Arrested”
[…] with the arrest of Slim Amamou, I call on my friends once again to speak out, loudly. If you have connections to the media, use […]
I really hope the bad times in Tunisia come to an end really soon. And I hope your friend can be home very soon.
he ll be free very soon, Tunisia ll be changed very quickly.
i hope that this mafia regime ll be trashed as soon as possible. Tunisia must be free.
In my opnion it ll be reality, that tunisians express threselves uncencored in a peaceful country
There are plenty of ways you can hurt a man and bring him to the ground
You can beat him, you can cheat him
You can treat him bad and leave him when he’s down
But we’re ready, yes we’re ready for you
We’re standing on our own two feet
Out of the info highway the posts rip, echoing the task to complete. Oh yeeeah
Another one bites the dust
It is comming, it is comming. Winds of change are blowing!!!
[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jillian C. York, Curt Hopkins, Manal Hassan, Mohamed El Mahrsi, Olibhéir Ó Fearraigh and others. Olibhéir Ó Fearraigh said: Arrested blogger @slim404 found a practical use for 4sq: letting people know he was at the Ministry for the Interior: http://bit.ly/exERiV […]
Slim and Azyz are still detained by Tunisian government and rumors say that they will be accused of defacing and ddossing government web sites.
Tunisian government think that Slim and Azyz are behind Anonymous Operation Tunisian.
Please write about it, it may Help Slim and Azyz
It is comming, it is comming. Winds of change are blowing!!! Free tunisia!!!!
Thank you so much for mentioning Slim’s arrest and more broadly the current events in Tunisia.
The police shooting at civilians who were demonstrating is outrageous. Not to mention the numerous arrests…
These events are not being covered enough by American media, so again and again a BIG TAHNK YOU
I think we’ve reached a point of no return and things will anyway never be the same again in Tunisia, and that’s already a victory
Hope to read your next post about Slim’s release
the story of Slim is close and dear to my heart.. I have been following it and still am. I’m hearing he’s been released but no one was able to contact him.. His sister told a friend that he was released.. I salute his courage and ethics and pray that what he’s been through will pave the way for a new FREE Tunisia!
Slim is safe and has been Tweeting at twitter.com/slim404. He even posted a photo to prove it was him :)
An agitprop image of Slim is on Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia now.
Any and all constructive input is welcome. E.g., what is the provenance of the term “Jasmine Revolution,” exactly? Is this the first /bona fide/ Arabic revolution? (Edit boldly!)
Jillian C. York » Tunisian Blogger Slim Amamou Arrested…
Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……
[…] de Información de Túnez.Este acto fue denunciado nuevamente por Slim, lo cual provocó su arresto y el de otros bloggers activistas que alzaban la voz en la red y en las calles, para exigir libertad y la renuncia del ahora […]
[…] (Partido Pirata). Su labor en contra del represivo régimen tunecino provocó su encarcelamiento el 6 de enero, durante la ya conocida como “Revolución del Jazmín”, lo más curioso del caso es que […]
[…] he accepted the post, Amamou was best known as part of a contingent of IT-savvy, anti-government Web activists. The conditions they worked under […]
[…] Тунис, също има данни, че са арестувани (вижте статията на Джилиян Йорк за този случай). Слим Амаму бе задържан за кратко на 21 май 2010 г., когато […]
[…] A similar effort was tried to see if her, or the people we thought might have been arrested with her, contained geolocation information which was available to the public or Twitter. Soon, though, that turned out not to be the case (although that had been essential in confirming the arrest of Slim Amamou. […]
[…] that turned out not to be the case (although that had been essential in confirming the arrest of Slim Amamou, for example when Slim “checked in” at the Ministry of Interior in Tunisia during the […]
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