FOUNDER OF TUNeZine.COM GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST JAIL CONDITIONS

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Imprisoned Tunisian Internet activist Zouhair Yahyaoui is in the fifth day of his hunger strike to protest the harsh conditions of his confinement. Zouhair Yahyaoui founded TUNeZine.com soon after he graduated from college. Yahyaoui has been held captive since June, 2002, when he was sentenced to 24 months for posting satirical criticism of the Tunisian government on his Web site, Tunezine. He is currently detained in prison civile de Borj El Amri, where he is suffering from mouth sores and severe headaches in harsh, overcrowded conditions. Currently, Yahyaoui’s case rests in the Court of Cassation, which acts as the final arbiter for a courtcase in Tunisia, considering arguments on points of law as opposed to the facts of a case. However, says Elwarda, the Court of Cassation is bound under no time limitation and can decide Yahyaoui’s case in two or more years if it wishes. Digital Freedom Network