Till 1920 there was only one daily newspaper in Tunisia, the “Depeche Tunisienne”, Which was known as the semk-official organ of the General Residency. The editorial board consisted of the most notorious anti-Semites in the country, and in consequence the tendency of the paper was outspokenly anti-Jewish. The Jewish community finally instituted a boycott of the “Depeche Tunisienne”. Meanwhile a new paper, “Le Cri du Matin” was founded in Tunis, which defended the Jews and at the same time criticized the administration of the Protectorate. The “Cri du Matin” was prosecuted several times, and finally the editor was deported and the paper suppressed. The “Depeche Tunisienne” was thus again the sole daily appearing in Tunis.
A year ago, a Jewish merchant founded a new daily, the “Petit Matin”, and engaged as editor M. Raymond Colrat, a brother of the Frency Minister of Justice. M. Colrat in several of his editorials attacked the Administration. The Director of Public Works told M. Colrat that he would have all Jewish shops in Tunis plundered, and would throw the blame on the “Petit Matin”. M. Colrat reported the threats in his paper, and now he has been deported without trial under the provisions of a Royal decree of 1778.
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