The Tunisian authorities have arrested a journalist from a television station in the country after reading a poem critical of the dictatorship in Arab countries and comparing President Kais Saied with Adolf Hitler and calling him a “son of a bitch” when quoting the text. according to local media.
The journalist Ameur Ayed read the poem during a program on the Islamist broadcaster Zituna, which has criticized Saied since his decision in July to dissolve parliament, dismiss the prime minister and claim all powers.
The journalist was arrested on a military court order on the grounds that he was drawing an analogy between the dictators quoted in Ahmad Matar’s poem and Saied, according to local media.
Saied announced a series of extraordinary measures in July that have sparked complaints about a coup in the country, despite assurances that his decision was a response to the previous days’ mobilizations against management of the pandemic, corruption and severe economic crisis.
Although the Tunisian constitution does not allow the dissolution of parliament, it advocates suspending its functions for a period of 30 days. The president’s subsequent actions, including several extensions of these measures, were condemned by the country’s main party, the Islamist Ennahda, which called for an end to the exceptional measures.