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U.S. Ambassador Comments on the Conviction of Nessma CEO Nebil Karoui
Tunis, May 3, 2012

The United States Embassy has been following Nebil Karoui’s trial for blasphemy with great interest, and I am concerned and disappointed by this conviction for Nessma television’s broadcast of an animated film previously approved for distribution by the Tunisian government.  His conviction raises serious concerns about tolerance and freedom of expression in the new Tunisia.  We understand that Mr. Karoui has the right to appeal his conviction, and we hope this case will be resolved in a manner which guarantees free expression, a basic right denied to Tunisians during the Ben Ali era.

Gordon Gray
U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia