Information hero

Fahem Boukadous

Fahem Boukadous has suffered a lot for the right to information, including torture, imprisonment, several hunger strikes and living in hiding. A human rights activist during the Ben Ali era, when no freedom of opinion was tolerated, Boukadous was one of the few journalists to cover the 2008 uprising in the Gafsa mining district. After being tried and convicted in 2010, he had expected to spend the next four years in prison. But thanks to the revolution of 14 January 2011, Boukadous was released and was able to resume the struggle. Later the same year, he and other activists founded the Tunis Centre for Media Freedom (CTLP) with the aim of monitoring violations of Tunisian journalists’ rights, participating in the overhaul of the media sector and giving training in media ethics.