Algeria: Writer under investigation over allegedly insulting Islam in novel

PEN International has called on Algerian authorities to abandon the investigation of writer Anouar Rahmani for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest novel ‘Jibril’s Hallucination’. If prosecuted under article 144 (bis 2) of the penal code, the writer could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 100,000 dinars (approx. […]

Algeria: Attack on famous raï singer’s concert thwarted

According to Morocco World News, Alarabiya and other media, Algerian authorities are searching for three terrorists who attempted to target Annaba Theatre, a theatre in the north-eastern city of Annaba, where raï singer Cheb Khaled was performing on 9 December 2015. A separate report by Russia Today cited Algerian media sources as saying that the Algerian army […]

Sudan/Algeria: authorities ban novels at book fairs

Algeria: Authorities bans 100 books at international book fair 2015 The Algerian Censorship Authority was assigned to review books participating in the Algerian International Book Fair 2015 (29 October to 7 November 2015) and banned more than 100 books. The Censorship Authority stated that the books promote ideas which are “contradicting Algerian Government policy” in […]

Algeria: Singer imprisoned for song which mocks police

29-year-old Algerian raï singer Cheb Fayçal appeared in court before the Attorney General in Oran on 2 May 2013 where he was sentenced to six months in prison. He is prosecuted for having performed a song that poked fun at the police and mentions the name of its top official, Abdelghani Hamel. Cheb Faiçal (real […]

Algeria: Hunger strike of Performing Arts students ended

The hunger strike is over after 11 days, and according to the Algerian newspaper Liberte, the students won the first round. The Minister of Culture is now talking with the students. It is however not likely to be the last crisis in Algeria. The students from the Higher Institute of Arts and Audiovisuals, ISMAS will […]

Algeria: Performing Arts students on hunger strike

We have received the following message from  “ALERT!!! Presently on hunger strike, the students of the Algerian High Institute of Performing Arts and Audio Visual are threatened by police and their institution is illegally closed.” “Desperate, a group of students of The Algerian High Institute of Performing Arts and Audio Visual (ISMAS) are on […]

26-minute video film about exiled Algerian author Bouzeboudja

This documentary tells the story of progressive writer and activist Noufel Bouzeboudja, who fled Algeria because of severe persecution, and came to Denmark to stay in the ‘Refuge City’ of Fanoe for two years. Alongside Noufel Bouzeboudja’s personal story, the film explores the concept of the international network of Refuge Cities, ICORN, and the challenges […]

Call for the respect of freedom of artistic expression in Algeria

“Algerian intellectuals, journalists, cultural activists, artists and writers ring the alarm and request from the Ministry of Culture to lift its control over the cultural sector and let the independent/civil cultural artistic stakeholders undertake their projects freely…” Algerian artists and intellectuals launched this petition for freedom of expression. It was published by El Watan and […]



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