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Daily Archives: February 17, 2012
On February 15, Tunisian officials arrested the head and two editors of a newspaper after it published a picture of German-Tunisian soccer player Sami Khedira with his girlfriend. The Justice Ministry claims the photo violated public morals.
A prosecutor charged publisher Nasreddine Ben Said, editor in chief Hbib Guizani, and editor of the world section Hedi Hadhri with “disrespecting public decency.” The journalists argued they were simply reporting sports news.
On Thursday, Tunisian officials released Mr. Guizani and Mr. Hadhri.
Police are guarding the newspaper’s building after a female journalist reported receiving phone calls that threatened to burn the office.
Although Tunisia is a moderate Muslim country, the newspaper does not tend to publish such bold photographs.
Americans will continue to receive a bigger paycheck through the rest of the year, after the House and Senate voted today to extend a payroll tax cut.
President Obama has promised to sign the legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.
The deal also extends unemployment benefits and avoids a cut in Medicare fees for doctors for the rest of 2012. All three measures were set to expire at the end of February.
The roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut, a key part of Obama’s economic recovery plan, means a break worth about $83 a month for someone making $50,000 a year.
The developments of the past days and weeks have shown that this trust and therefore confidence in my ability to serve have been adversely affected. For this reason, it is no longer possible for me to continue in my role as president.