On Could 11, 2021, Algerian safety forces briefly detained not less than six journalists in downtown Algiers, the capital, whereas they had been overlaying anti-government protests, in response to information studies and Bouzid Ichalalene and Mustapha Bendjama, two native journalists and press freedom advocates, who spoke to CPJ through messaging app.
In line with these sources, police arrested:
Khaled Drareni, director of the unbiased information web site Casbah Tribune
Mustapha Bastami, a reporter for the unbiased information web site Al-Khabar
Sami Kharoum, a photographer for the unbiased day by day Al-Watan
Feriel Bouaziz, a reporter for the unbiased information web site Interlignes
Abdessemad Titraoui, a reporter for the unbiased information web site Tariq Information
Hakim Hammiche, a photographer for Tariq Information
Police held the journalists for about 5 hours, and launched all of them with out cost, in response to Drareni, Bouaziz, and Titraoui, who spoke to CPJ through messaging app, and a tweet by Interlignes.
These journalists instructed CPJ that they didn’t know the precise cause for his or her arrests, saying they had been simply overlaying the protests and police didn’t accuse them of any particular violations. Ichalalene and Bendjama instructed CPJ that they believed safety forces arrested the journalists to intimidate them and stop protection of the protests.
The Algerian Ministries of Inside and Communication didn’t reply to CPJ’s emailed requests for remark.
Authorities have repeatedly arrested journalists, blocked information web sites, and rescinded press accreditations to restrict protection of the protests, which started in 2019 with requires former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down, and are actually calling for the formation of a brand new authorities, as CPJ has documented.
Additionally on Could 11, the United Nations launched a press release urging Algerian authorities to cease the arbitrary arrests of journalists and protestors.