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Rights Organizations in Algeria Criticize Violations against Journalists

Rights Organizations in Algeria Criticize Violations against Journalists

Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 07:30
In this file photo taken on March 08, 2019, people wave Algerian national flags in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a demonstration for equality of rights. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

Rights organizations, journalists, and activities in the Algerian civil community have expressed frustration over the increased violations against journalists in the country.

"Mohamed Mouloudj, a journalist at the Liberte daily, was arrested on Sunday and his house searched," the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) said on Facebook.

"He is still in custody in Algiers," the post added.

Mouloudj's newspaper, where he has worked for a decade, did not immediately comment, but one of his colleagues confirmed the arrest. "He had also been taken in for questioning several times."

Another Algerian journalist, Hassan Bouras, was arrested a week ago and formally placed in preventive detention on Sunday, accused of "glorifying terrorism" among other crimes, his lawyers said.

Bouras was arrested on September 6 in El Bayadh, southwest of the capital Algiers, and his home was searched for unknown reasons, according to the LADDH.

He was sentenced to a year in prison in 2016 for “insulting a judge, a public forces member, and a government body.”

At the time, Amnesty International said Bouras was a “prisoner of conscience,” stating that he was jailed over a video exposing the corruption of local officials in El Bayadh.

According to the prisoners' rights group CNLD, around 200 people are in jail in connection with the Hirak pro-democracy protest movement.

Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries and territories on the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index.

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