Tunisia ends Internet censorship

internet  JustinMartyThe step was taken by the Tunisia government to encourage access to information. (Image source: JustinMarty/Flickr)The Tunisian government has confirmed that it has brought an end to its stringent Internet censorship policies

Representatives of the government said that Ammar 404, the Internet censorship policy in the country, was scrapped following a change in the government’s policies that will now encourage access to information.

The information and communication minister Mongi Marzoug said, “The step has been brought on by the recent revolution in Tunisia and the interim government will now try to promote access to information and freedom of expression.”

He added that the launching of the country’s National Forum of Internet governance would be the end of Ammar 404.

Tunis Afrique Presse reported that the minister said that Tunisia has announced its membership to joint action for freedom of expression on the Internet Freedom online, which held its second session, on 6 and 7 September 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The minister presented the main objectives of the upcoming ICT4All conference to be held in Tunisia which showed that Tunisia will try to prove to the world that it has truly ended censorship.

“The ICT4All conference will aim to give a new image of Tunisia as a country leader in the field of ICTs and freedom of expression. It will boost the country’s role in this sector on the Maghrebi, Arab and African levels,” wrote Tunis Afrique Presse.

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