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New head of Tunisian state news agency quits after protests

New head of Tunisian state news agency quits after protests

THE new head of Tunisia's state news agency has resigned after its journalists demonstrated against his appointment in protest at what they called an attempt to undermine editorial independence. After Kamel Ben Younes' resignation, the journalists' syndicate said it would cancel its first-ever strike planned for April 22 and end a boycott of news about the government. Dozens of protesting journalists had gathered in front of Tunis Afrique Presse's (TAP) headquarters on April 13 to try to stop Ben Younes from entering, but police later forced a way in and beat journalists. "I resigned to avoid being involved in political…
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