Algerian police confiscated journalist Mohamed Benchicou's
new manuscript, The Journal a Free Man, from a printing plant in Blida, south of Algiers.
In a statement posted on several news Web sites, Benchicou said security forces
raided the printer and ordered the director to cease the printing job. The raid
came a few days before Algeria
held an International Book Fair on October 27-November 5, 2008.
publisher of the French-language daily Le Matin,
served two years in jail for allegedly violating the country's currency laws in
2003. He was released in June 2006.