Internet Freedom Activist Honoured on Postage Stamps

20 Mar 2017  Mon

13th March is celebrated as the National Day of Internet Freedom in Tunisia from 2012 onwards. The special day was introduced by then president Moncef Marzouki to honour the great internet freedom activist Zouhair Yahyaoui. Just after he graduated, he founded an e-magazine called TUNeZine that openly talked about government censorship and brutality. The government imprisoned Yahyaoui for 18 months where he faced torture, ill-treatment, and went on hunger strikes. Yahyaoui died of a heart attack after that on 13th March 2005.

Two stamps were released celebrating internet freedom and commemorating Zouhair Yahyaoui. People all around the world respect him for being so brave when everyone else was hiding away from harsh reality.