Alerts   |   Algeria

Court hands down jail terms in defamation case

New York, December 23, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision by an Algerian court to sentence an editor-in-chief and a journalist at the Algiers-based independent daily El Watan to a three-month jail term each for defamation on Monday.

December 23, 2008 3:57 PM ET


Alerts   |   Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

New issue of French magazine banned in three nations

New York, November 4, 2008--CPJ is deeply concerned by the decisions of the Moroccan, Tunisian, and Algeriangovernments to ban the new issue of L'Express magazine carrying a series of articles about Islam and Christianity.

November 4, 2008 3:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Algeria

Journalist convicted for investigative article

New York, October 29, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that Algerian journalist Noureddine Boukraa has been convicted of disclosing "confidential" information after he reported that security officials may have used their positions for personal gain.

October 29, 2008 9:23 PM ET

Alerts   |   Algeria

Algerian court upholds jail terms for two journalists

New York, March 5, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision on Tuesday by an Algerian court of appeals to uphold two-month jail terms for two journalists at the Algiers-based independent daily El Watan.

The appeal court in Jijel, nearly 224 miles (360 kilometers) east of Algiers, upheld the convictions of Omar Belhouchet, editor of El Watan, and columnist Chawki Amari. Both were convicted of defaming and insulting the governor of Jijel. The court also upheld a 1 million Algerian dinar ($15,000) fine, Zoubeir Soudani, El Watan’s lawyer told CPJ.

March 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

Attacks on the Press 2007: Middle East Analysis

Under the Radar, a New Kind of Repression
By Joel Campagna 

On a Wednesday afternoon last June, Yemeni security agents stormed the home of outspoken editor Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani and dragged him before a State Security Court in the capital, Sana'a. A prosecutor questioned al-Khaiwani and later rang him up on charges of belonging to a secret terrorist cell--charges that carry a possible death sentence. The arrest shocked Yemeni journalists, and some wondered aloud whether their colleague, known for his incendiary columns attacking the Yemeni government and its battle with rebels in the northwestern city of Saada, might have been involved in something nefarious. CPJ issued guarded statements of concern, unsure whether the charge had substance. 

February 5, 2008 12:06 PM ET


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