p2pnet view P2P | Freedom:- Lucas Mebrouk Dolega, working for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), has died in Tunis’ Rabta hospital from head injuries sustained on January 14 when police are said to have “deliberately fired a tear gas grenade at him” during the Tunisia protests, says Reporters Without Borders.
“I think it was a crime, a real murder”, it has EPA spokesman Horacio Villalobos declaring.
Dolega, 32, the first French photographer to die in the line of duty since 1985, was also the first foreign journalist to be killed in Tunisia, says the story.
“According to the victim’s colleague Julien Muguet the grenade was fired at point blank range and hit the journalist in the face, destroying one of his eyes and causing a critical head injury”, says Expatica.com.
Spreading the word
Dolega’s death is quite properly generating headlines while what’s possibly the most significant aspect of the uprisings in Tunisia has been missed by many (most?) of the mainstream media.
Slim Amamou, one of the pro-democracy bloggers, many of them of the Anonymous persuasion, who used the net to spread the word about the atrocities occurring in his country, has been named as the new secretary of state for youth and sports.
He and Aziz Amami were arrested, allegedly because they were part of the concerted action to take down government sites.
“Hundred of thousand of computers are curently attacking the Tunisian gov web sites with the LOIC cannon since more than a week now”, says a p2pnet Reader’s Write.
“Since more than a week the gov web sites are down.”
The LOIC cannon, short for Low Orbit Ion Cannon, first made its appearance as the weapon of choice for Anonymous protesters in Operation Payback organised by Anon activists, protesting attacks against WikiLeaks and freedom of speech.
It was used to take down web sites owned by the likes of eBay’s PayPal, the RIAA and MPAA and, recently, the site run by the Zimbabwe government, and now the former government of Tunisia.
RFI lists the names of some of the other members of the new Tunisian cabinet >>>
- Prime Minister: Made a member of cabinet when Ben Ali came to power in 1987, 69-year-old Mohammed Ghannouchi served as minister for finance and minister for international cooperation and investment. He was appointed Prime Minister in November 1999.
- Foreign Minister: Another member of Ben Ali’s Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) to stay in government, Kamal Morjane has been reappointed to his previous role.
- Interior Minister: Originally appointed last week as Ben Ali tried to appease the protest movement, Ahmed Friaa will retain his role in the new administration
- Finance Minister Mohamed Jegham and Defence Minister Ridha Grira are two other key RCD members that stay in their posts.
- Key opposition leaders and independents appointed to government:
- Health Minister: A doctor by profession, 70-year-old Mustafa Ben Jaafar is secretary-general of the Democratic Forum for Work and Liberties.
- Education Minister: A 65-year-old retired French teacher, Ahmad Ibrahim is secretary-general of Ettajdid, a leftist movement that grew out of the Communist Party.
- Minister of Local Development: The founder of the biggest legalised opposition party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), 66-year-old lawyer Nejib Chebbi went on hunger strike in the past to protest against Ben Ali’s regime.
- Two women have been appointed to the cabinet. Moufida Tlatli will be the Culture Minister and Lilia Labidi will become Minister for Women’s Affairs.
Other appointments >>>
- Minister of Justice: Lazhar Karoui Chebbi
- Minister for Religious Affairs: Larbi Mizouri
- Minister of Education: Taieb Baccouche
- Minister for Social Affairs: Moncer Rouissi
- Minister for Agriculture and Environment: Habib M’barek
Reporters Without Borders – French photographer dies from injury sustained on day of Ben Ali’s departure, January 18, 2011
Expatica.com - Franco-German photographer injured in Tunis dead, January 17, 2011
secretary of state – Blogger Slim Amamou: new Tunisian minister, January 18, 2011
RFI – An eclectic mix in Tunisia’s transitional government, January 18, 2011
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