Lettre du plus important syndicat américain août 9 2009Infos : , rétrolien
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
815 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
JOHN J. SWEENEY
RICHARD l. TRUMKA
ARLENE HOLT BAKER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
www.aflcio.org Gerald W. McEntee
Joseph J. Hunt
Leo W. Gerard
Michael J. Sullivan
Robert A. Scardelletti
Harold SchaitbergerCecil Roberts
R. Thomas BuffenbargerEdwin D. Hill
Ann Converso, R.N.
John J. Flynn
Cap!. John Prater
Richard P. Hughes Jr.
William H. Young
Gregory J. Junemann
Paul C. Thompson
Rose Ann DeMoro
James C. little
Mark H. Ayers
July 22, 2009
His Excellency Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
President of the Republic of Tunisia
VIA FACSIMILE: 216.71.774.721
Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of the over ten million working men and women of the American Federation of Labor
andCongressofIndustrialOrganizations (AFL-CIO),Iamwritingto expressdeep.concernoverreports
of government interference in the internal affairs of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNIT).
As the SNIT works to determine its future direction, it is imperative that the government supports
full freedom of association for the members ofthe union. Freedom of association forjournalists is a
bedrock condition for larger freedoms of expression and of the press, and therefore must be actively
upheld and protected in an open, democratic society. Furthermore, Tunisia is a signatory to ILO
Fundamental Conventions 87 and 98 pertaining to the right to associate freely and bargain collectively.
As such, it is accountable to the international community for guaranteeing the trade union rights of all
workers, including journalists.
Your Excellency, wejoin with the 600,000journalists in 123countries, members of the
International Federation of Journalists (IF]), as well as the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, in
urging you to honor your often stated commitment to promote free expression, and to unequivocally
guarantee the protection of journalists and their right to freedom of association without interference from
any government entity. We look forward to reports of unencumbered, free and fair elections at the
upcoming assembly of the SNIT.