Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tunisian justice confirms ban on pornographic websites

The Tunisian courts upheld the ban on access to pornographic sites on the Internet, Monday, Aug. 15. The appellate court dismissed the request of the Tunisian Internet Agency  to stay the execution of a trial decision, said the lawyer Moneem Turki. "The Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision to force the Tunisian Internet Agency , as legal person, to censor all pornographic sites," he said.

"Despite the fact that counsel for the Tunisian Internet Agency  paid on the issue of evidence that the agency lacked the financial and technical resources to implement the ruling, the Court of Appeal has given us reason," Mr Turki said one of three lawyers arguing for the closure of pornographic sites. In late May, the Court of First Instance of Tunis ordered to block access to all pornographic sites, following a complaint by three lawyers, for whom these sites presented a danger to youth and were contrary to Islamic values.

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