Tunisia: Back to the Practices of the Old Regime?

Taken from the personal Facebook account of a student at FLSHS
Taken from the personal Facebook account of a student at FLSHS

The Facebook post found above was published by a student of English at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Sousse (FLSHS). It states that the administration of the institution has decided to use surveillance cameras on campus.

At the end of her post she mentioned the Big Brother, referring to the “Nineteen Eighty-four” book by George Orwell, where the Big Brother is the embodiment of the ruling party, and surveillance is one of the main themes of the story.

This happens to be a very well-known practice of the former regime of Ben Ali, which aims at keeping an eye on the teachers and students who belong to the union and opposition.

Students expressed their resentment to the newly implemented procedure, implying that it is illegal, immoral and a violation to their privacy.

One comment reads:

Article 24 of the Tunisian Constitution says “The state guarantees private life”. This decision is not constitutional because it violates the sanctity of students’ personal lives. They are watching you!

 

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