Journalist Saïda Azzouz and cartoonist Ali Dilem questioned by police

first_img February 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Saïda Azzouz and cartoonist Ali Dilem questioned by police AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Receive email alerts Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Follow the news on Algeria Help by sharing this information Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditationcenter_img News Organisation Late in the day on 15 February 2004, journalist Saïda Azzouz, of the daily Le Matin, and cartoonist Ali Dilem, of the daily Liberté, were taken in for questioning at the Algiers police station. No official reason was given for their detention. Police were searching for copies of a new book by Mohamed Benchicou entitled, “Bouteflika: an Algerian imposture”. Azzouz and Dilem were released a few hours later.As the 8 April presidential election approaches, Reporters Without Borders urges the Algerian authorities to end the intimidation campaign against the private press and thefrequent summoning of journalists. Azzouz was taken in for questioning because she owned a copy of Benchicou’s book, and Dilem because he was suspected ofowning the book. The organisation hopes the Algerian authorities will stop placing constraints on media outlets that may wish to acquire and give an account of the book.On 14 February, Benchicou’s residence and the offices of the daily Le Matin were searched. Benchicou is the paper’s managing editor. Several Le Matin employees were later questioned by police, and eight copies of the book”Bouteflika: an Algerian imposture” were seized. The book has not been banned, however, and was expected to go on sale in France and Algeria on 16 February. News News May 12, 2021 Find out more News to go further April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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