Tunisia has released a journalist who was detained for krimizing police

Tunisia has released a journalist who was detained for krimizing police ...

TUNIS, April 15 (Reuters) - A Tunisian court on Friday sentenced a journalist who had been detained after criticizing police and the interior minister, her lawyer and the journalists' union.

Since President Kais Saied took executive power last summer, the arrest of Charahzed Akacha on Thursday sustracted widespread anger.

"Akacha was released," said her lawyer, Samir Dilou.

Amira Mohamed, a senior editor of the National Syndicate of Tunisian journalists, has confirmed the news.

Akacha's arrest on Thursday is attributed to a Facebook post in which she criticized Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine and accused cops of insulting and beating her in the street last week, according to the union.

Akacha asked the interior minister to control his policemen in her post, describing them as "dogs." After she said she beat her, insulted her, and removed her veil.

The Interior Ministry did not respond to Reuters' request for clarification.

After the 2011 revolution that stowed off former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and triggered Arab Spring protests, improved speech and press freedoms were a major gain for Tunisians.

After the revolt, President Saied dissipate the parliament, took executive power, and removed the constitution to rule by decree, a move he called a coup.

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