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Reporters Without Borders calls for end to media harassment

first_img Help by sharing this information Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Organisation RSF_en AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more September 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for end to media harassment Follow the news on Algeria to go further Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary electionscenter_img News News May 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called today on Algeria’s rulers to immediately stop hounding the country’s independent media as a dozen newspapers prepared for a protest shutdown on 22 September. The one-day protest, called “No-Press Day,” is expected to involve a dozen of the country’s 43 privately-owned newspapers, despite ideological and commercial rivalries, and will aim to publicise the situation nationally and internationally and convince the government to end the harassment and attacks on press freedom.The authorities, especially the group of people around President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, have over the past month stepped up efforts to silence the independent press, which continues to report cases of political and business corruption. Commercial and financial tricks were used at first to obstruct these papers (which sometimes resort to satire) and then steady harassment – including repeated police summoning of journalists, proprietors and editors – and finally arrests. Bouteflika has never had warm relations with the media since coming to power in 1999 but he and his aides now go through each independent newspaper, looking for anything that could be an excuse for legal action or even a trial for undermining the head of state.Article 144 b of the criminal code provides for between two months and a year in prison and fines ranging from 50,000 to 250,000 dinars (600 to 3,000 euros) for insulting or defaming the president, parliament or the army.Recent arrests have included Ahmed Benaoum (11 September), boss of the firm Er-raï el-Aam, which publishes the newspapers Er-raï, Le Journal de l’Ouest and the weekly Détective, and Fouad Boughanem, editor of Le Soir d’Algérie (16 September).Details of this extensive harassment have included:August- 14: Le Matin, Le Soir d’Algérie, Liberté, L’Expression, El Khabar and Er-raï ordered to pay their debts to government printers by 17August.- 18: All six papers fail to appear.- 21: Liberté et El Khabar pay off debts and reappear.- 23: Mohamed Benchicou, managing editor of the daily Le Matin, arrested at Algiers airport with large number of cash vouchers on him. The finance ministry files complaint against him for violation of foreign exchange and capital movement regulations.- 26: Police summon Farid Alilat, managing editor of the daily Liberté, editor Saïd Chekri, coordination chief Ali Ouafek and journalist Rafik Hamou.- 27: Le Matin reappears after paying off debts. Benchicou put on formal probation.- 28: Alilat, Chekri, Ouafek and Hamou present themselves to police.September- 1: Seven Liberté journalists summoned – including managing editor Alilat, former managing editor Outoudert Abrous, columnist Mustapha Hammouche, editor Saïd Chekri, cartoonist Ali Dilem and journalists Mourad Belaïdi and Rafik Benkaci. Le Soir d’Algérie reappears after paying off debts.- 3: Alilat, Chekri, Ouafek and Hamoun ordered to report to public prosecutor and examining magistrate and meanwhile conditionally freed. Hammouche and Belaïdi questioned by detectives after being summoned. Benchicou summoned.- 6: Benchicou and Dilem decide not to respond to any more police summons and only to appear before a court. Fouad Boughanem, managing editor of Le Soir d’Algérie, gets third summons.- 8: Formal summonses signed by state prosecutor delivered to Dilem and Benchicou, who are arrested by detectives and taken to Algiers central police station.- 9: Dilem and Benchicou charged with insulting the head of state and conditionally freed. Their arrest causes crowd to gather in street. Three photographers arrested and taken to police station, then released.- 11 Ahmed Benaoum arrested on basis of complaint against him for forgery related to two civil matters dating back 20 years.- 14: Benaoum put on formal probation then freed. A dozen independent papers decide to stage a “No-Press Day” on 22 September.- 16: Boughanem arrested in front of the Journalists’ Centre in Algiers, taken to central police station and released a few hours later. Journalists come to protest at his arrest are briefly arrested, including Le Soir d’Algérie chief editor Badreddine Manâa, the paper’s senior editor, Malika Boussouf, and Rabah Abdallah, secretary-general of the Algerian National Union of Journalists (SNJ).- 17: L’Expression reappears, after paying off its debts.- 22: “No-Press Day.” News April 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Newslast_img read more

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Vermont average gasoline prices at $2.90

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.93/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices yesterday were 70.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 72.1 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.”Last week we saw a correction in oil and wholesale gasoline prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. “With wholesale gasoline prices down as much as 30 cents per gallon since last Monday, I expect retail gasoline prices to fall as gasoline stations continue to sell through their more expensive inventory and buy cheaper supply, passing on lower prices to motorists.” DeHaan says that the correction in oil prices wasn’t much of a surprise, noting that fundamentals continue to show growing supply. “If the sentiment that ruled last week continues to weigh on traders, we could see the average price for gasoline drop across much of the country, just in time for Memorial Day weekend,” he adds.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.  Source: VermontGasPrices.com. 5.10.2010last_img read more

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