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Lettre du plus important syndicat américain août 9 2009

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

815 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 637-5000 Gerald W. McEntee
Michael Goodwin
Elizabeth Bunn
Joseph J. Hunt
Leo W. Gerard
Michael Sacco
William Lucy
Michael J. Sullivan
Clyde Rivers
Ron Gettelfinger
Frank Hurt
Robert A. Scardelletti
Harold SchaitbergerCecil Roberts
James Williams
Patricia Friend
R. Thomas BuffenbargerEdwin D. Hill
William Burrus
Vincent Giblin
William Hite
Larry Cohen
Robbie Sparks
Alan Rosenberg
Ann Converso, R.N.
Matthew Loeb
John J. Flynn
Warren George
Nancy Wohlforth
Cap!. John Prater
Richard P. Hughes Jr.
Randi Weingarten
William H. Young
Gregory J. Junemann
Paul C. Thompson
Rose Ann DeMoro
Fred Redmond
John Gage
Laura Rico
James C. little
Mark H. Ayers
Jill Levy

July 22, 2009

His Excellency Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
President of the Republic of Tunisia
Presidential Palace

2016 Carthage
Tunis, 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.



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