Jul 14, 2020
Coronavirus: Blogger Emna Charqui given jail term over Koran-style post
A blogger in Tunisia has been sentenced to six months in prison after sharing a satirical post about Covid-19 written in the form of a verse from the Koran. Emna Charqui, 28, was arrested in May for sharing a message on Facebook urging people to follow hygiene rules in the style of Islam's holy book. Charqui said in a recent interview that she had no intention of provoking shock, but found the post amusing. On 2 May, Charqui shared a post on social media mimicking a Koranic verse. On 27 May, following news that Charqui was facing trial over the Facebook post, Amnesty International released a statement calling for the Tunisian authorities to halt the prosecution.
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