Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 22:00:11
A Tunisian court recently ordered the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) to put in place internet filters that would effectively block access to pornographic content for all users.
The case will move to appeals, but the current ruling has raised concerns that wide-scale censorship could creep back, though the conservative lawyers who brought the case to court claimed they were targeting porn specifically.
In response to the ruling, the ATI has said it will slowly start to reinstate the blocks, despite the anti-censorship views of the ATI director himself.
Opponents of the ruling say applying filters to pornographic sites is just the first step along the road to reinstating the kind of censorship that typified the Ben Ali regime. Others point out that those who want to access illicit material will find a way around government filters.
Here, journalists earlier this year demonstrate in support of freedom of information.
The case will be heard again on July 4 in an appeals court, where another judge will rule on the legality of the internet filters. If it stands, the case would call into question exactly what kind of lasting change was thrown into effect by the revolution this past January.
The Stream reached out to Slim Amamou, a Tunisian blogger turned government minister who recently resigned his post over censorship issues.
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