Slim Amamou

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Slim Amamou
سليم عمامو
Slim Amamou.jpg
Secretary of State for Sport and Youth
In office
17 January 2011 – 25 May 2011
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Myriam Mizouni
Personal details
Nationality Tunisian
Political party Independent
(since 2011)
Alma mater University of Sousse
Profession Programmer
Website No Memory Space

Slim Amamou (About this sound listen  (Arabic: سليم عماموSlīm ‘Amāmū) (born 1977) is a Tunisian blogger and a former Secretary of State for Sport and Youth in the transitional Tunisian government of early 2011. He resigned from the role in the week of 25 May 2011 in protest of the transitional government's censorship of several websites.[1]

A known blogger, Amamou was one of two prominent Tunisian Pirate Party activists arrested in January 2011, the other being Slah Eddine Kchouk. Both Amamou and Kchouk were later released.


Graduated from the University of Sousse,[2] he is an influential blogger and author of ReadWriteWeb France. He protested against censorship in Tunisia and organized a demonstration on 22 May 2010.[3]

He was arrested during the protests that led to the Tunisian Revolution. The Anonymous hacktivist group had led attacks on the Tunisian government's websites, and Amamou was held for five days by the state security forces under the suspicion of having collaborated with the hackers.[4] Following a mass internet campaign and protest, Amamou and other bloggers were released from government custody.[4]

After his release, on 17 January 2011 he was appointed Secretary of State for Sport and Youth, (Arabic: كاتب دولة للشباب والرياضة‎, French: Secrétaire d'État à la Jeunesse et aux Sports) in the new Tunisian government.[5][6][7][8] When he assumed the role he told television channel France 2 that he would resign from his role if the government started to interfere with the internet, such as using internet censorship.[9]

He received considerable criticism online for joining the transitional government, particularly from fellow bloggers and internet activists.[10]

On the week of May 25, he resigned from his post in protest of the transitional government's censorship of several websites at the request of the army.[1]

Political positions[edit]

He supports the legalisation of cannabis in Tunisia. He is an advocate for network neutrality and opposes internet censorship.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Angelique Chrisafis (2011-05-25). "Tunisian dissident blogger quits ministerial post". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Slim Amamou's profile at LinkedIn
  3. ^ Isabelle Mandraud, « Au gouvernement, Slim Amamou, 33 ans, conserve ses réflexes de blogueur », Le Monde, cahier spécial Tunisie : le sursaut d'une nation, 21 janvier 2011, p. V
  4. ^ a b Almiraat, Hashim (11 February 2011). "Tunisia: Slim Amamou Speaks About Tunisia, Egypt and the Arab World". GlobalVoices. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Twitter Post". 2011-01-29. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Turmoil in Tunisia: As it happened on Monday". BBC News. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Arrested Pirate Party member becomes Tunisian State Secretary". TorrentFreak. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dissident blogger enters new Tunisian government". Straits Times. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Ungerleider, Neil (18 January 2011). "Tunisian Blogger Becomes Cabinet Member". Fast Company. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Mackey, Robert. "Dissident Tunisian Blogger Joins Government". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 

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