Thinking of you, Hmida!


Nearly five years ago, Hmida Ben Romdhane spent six weeks at as an international journalism fellow. Hmida, a Tunisian journalist, was a pleasure to work with — curious, full of information about North Africa, and an awestruck fan of The Washington Post — an organization he idolized for its reporting on the Abu Ghraib torture (he wrote a book, en francaise).

So it was terrific to hear his voice on the BBC the other day. He and his colleagues at La Presse in Tunis are now free to do what journalists are supposed to do — report the news.  His voice was full of excitement, and it’s not hard to understand why.

Thinking of you, Hmida. I’ve discovered your blog now; time to put my rusty college French to use again. Speaking of which, pretty sure the above says Hmida is now the top dog at La Presse!

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Declaration of the Rights of Man: La libre communication des pensées et des opinions est un des droits les plus précieux de l’homme ; tout citoyen peut donc parler, écrire, imprimer librement, sauf à répondre de l’abus de cette liberté dans les cas déterminés par la loi.


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