The advocacy group Amnesty international is calling on Tunisian authorities to stop harassing independent journalists.
It comes after the lengthy interrogation of Sami Gharbia, the founder of Nawaat, a popular news website in the country, over a story it published based on governemnt leaks.
The story was about secret plans by the presidency to pass an amendment to a controversial bill that would grant a pardon to allegedly corrupt former officials who worked under the deposed President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, if they give back a sum of money to the state.
There have been increased complaints by local journalists in recent months about the state’s alleged attempts to meddle with their work.
Amnesty International says Mr Gharbia was questioned and intimidated for six hours.
His interrogators allegedly tried to uncover the source of the leaked report, as well as information on writers who contribute to the news site.