- Name: Slim Boukhdir
- Country: Tunisia
- Status: Free
- Blog: http://www.tunisnews.net
Boukhdir is a dedicated freelance journalist who is a correspondent for the London-based newspaper “al Quds al Arabi" and for several websites including "Tunisnews" and "Kantara". He is a stark opponent of the Tunisian government and openly condems its lack of civil liberties and government nepotism. In a 2008 interview with the Arab Press Network, Boukhdir was adamant that the regime had not broken his spirits, saying, "Despite my health problems, which I know I can overcome, and the distress I suffered during my time in solitary confinement, the regime has not got the better of even a tiny fraction of my resolve to continue the fight for a free press and a free citizenry in my country. If I have to, I will give me life for these freedoms."
Tunisian authorities have been harassing Boukhdir for several years. Shortly after accusing Tunisian government officials of corruption, he was arrested for "insulting an official in the exercise of his duty" and was jailed from November 2007 to July 2008. In September 2008 plain-clothed police officers, possibly accompanied by non-police affiliated thugs, took him from the street and threatened him and his wife. He was later released and has not been arrested since. In October 2009, Boukhdir was kidnapped near his house and beaten severely by suspected plain-clothed police officers once again.