Tunisian ‘Pirate Party’ gets legal approval
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The Tunisian interior ministry just legalised Africa's first anti-censorship political party. The Tunisian Pirate Party, approved on March 13th, is a branch of the worldwide cyber-activist movement.
"We established our party to gather together all those thirsty for knowledge hampered by barriers put in place by the political authority in the country, and our goal is to bring our people up to the level of developed countries," spokesman Mohamed Boukoum said in a press statement.
The party consists mainly of bloggers, many of whom were active during the Tunisian revolution and were imprisoned under the former regime. Their goal is to protect the right of more than two million Tunisian internet users to access information without restrictions, according to the party statute.
"The political work of the Pirate Party aspires to provide knowledge for each Tunisian citizen and does not accept trusteeship imposed upon them by dictators, who are still devouring our right to communicate with the developed world and tossing us into the bottom of the sea of backwardness and ignorance. We will thus confront all attempts at censorship and control," Boukoum said.
The party, however, does not aim to carry out sabotage or piracy, according to the spokesman, but to attract hackers and train them within a framework of freedom, justice and equality.
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