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Three journalists with satirical weekly "Mesmar" arrested; "Mesmar" ordered shut down



On 13 May 1996, Mohamed Zetili and Mustapha Nattour, publisher
and editor-in-chief respectively of the satirical weekly
"Mesmar", were arrested at their home by police in the city of
Constantine. As well, Mohamed Nacer Belfounes, a cartoonist with
"Mesmar", was arrested on the afternoon of 14 May. No reason was
given by Algerian authorities for the arrests. However, it
appears to be linked to the publication of two cartoons in
"Mesmar". In addition, the municipal prosecutor of Constantine
ordered the closure of the weekly.




Recommended Action


Send appeals to authorities:
  • asking them to do everything so that Mohamed Zetili, Mustapha
    Nattour and Mohamed Nacer Belfounes are released immediately
  • calling for a reversal of the decision to shut down "Mesmar"





    Appeals To



    His Excellency Liamine Zeroual
    President of the High Council of State
    El Mouradia Presidential Palace
    Algiers, Algeria
    Fax: +213 2 60 96 18




    Minister of Communications
    Ministry of Communications
    Algiers, Algeria
    Fax: +213 2 68 44 59






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