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World Algerian journalist ordered held in custody

08:35  15 september  2021
08:35  15 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

Ex-Algerian president Bouteflika, ousted amid protests, dies

  Ex-Algerian president Bouteflika, ousted amid protests, dies ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France in the 1950s and 1960s and was ousted amid pro-democracy protests in 2019 after 20 years in power, has died at age 84, state television announced Friday. The report on ENTV, citing a statement from the office of current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide the cause of death or information about funeral arrangements. Bouteflika had suffered a stroke in 2013 that badly weakened him.

An Algerian journalist from a local French-language newspaper has been remanded in custody, accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation and spreading false information, a lawyer and rights group said.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Protesters outside the headquarters of French-language newspaper 'Liberte' in April © - Protesters outside the headquarters of French-language newspaper 'Liberte' in April

A judge in Sidi M'hamed district of Algiers on Tuesday evening ordered Liberte journalist Mohamed Mouloudj to be placed in provisional detention, according to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees (CNLD).

Mouloudj is accused of "undermining national unity, belonging to a terrorist organisation and spreading false information", lawyer Abdelghani Badi said on Facebook.

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The Algerian government last year criminalised the dissemination of what it considers "false news" that harms national unity.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly accused Algerian authorities of resorting to criminal prosecutions against journalists and others using vaguely worded offences in the penal code.

Mouloudj was arrested on Sunday and his home searched, according to the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH).

Six other people arrested in the same case were also remanded in custody, the CNLD said.

On Monday, police announced the arrest of 16 people suspected of belonging to the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie (MAK), which the government says is a terrorist organisation.

An unidentified journalist was said to be among the 16 suspects.

Bouteflika: From child prodigy to octogenarian leader

  Bouteflika: From child prodigy to octogenarian leader The former president, whose decades-long rule sparked massive protests, has died aged 84.Most notably, he served as Algeria's longest-serving president from 1999 to 2019.

They were detained in connection with an investigation into recent forest fires in the northeastern Kabylie region, and the lynching of a man after rumours spread that he had started deadly blazes in the area.

Another Algerian journalist, Hassan Bouras, was arrested on September 6 and formally placed in preventive detention on Sunday, accused of "glorifying terrorism" among other charges, his lawyers said.

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

According to the CNLD, around 200 people are in jail in connection with the Hirak pro-democracy protest movement that has shaken the North African country sporadically since 2019, or over individual freedoms.

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