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Three French weeklies featuring Bouteflika are banned

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-04-08

French weeklies L'Express, Marianne, and Journal du Dimanche, have been banned in Algeria ahead of Thursday’s presidential poll. The periodicals ran articles on Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is seeking a third term in office.

The latest issues of the French weeklies, L'Express, Marianne, and Journal du Dimanche, are not being distributed in Algeria. The three magazines each feature stories on Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is seeking a third term in office Thursday.


“The latest issues of L'Express were seized Saturday under Article 26 of the July 1990 Information Code,” an Algerian official told the AFP without specifying the articles in the weekly magazines in question.


L'Express, which examined the issue of Algeria’s power structure, was denounced for “attacking national values” according to an Algerian official. One of the articles, titled, “Abdelaziz and his networks,” is an investigation into the Algerian president’s cronies and connections.


Regarding the Left-leaning weekly, Marianne, a presidential aide told the AFP that the magazine had been banned because its contents “defamed the president”.


'National values'


Article 26 of the Information Code stipulates that “periodicals and specialized publications, national or foreign, whatever their nature or destination, should not comprise either in illustrations, accounts, or information contrary to Islamic morals, national values, human rights, or make apologies for racism, fanaticism and treason.”


This is not the first time publications have been banned on Algerian newsstands. On Nov. 2, the magazine l'Expression was taken off the stands for attacking Islam. In addition, issues of another magazine, “Afrique Magazine,” were seized in March following the publication of an investigation entitled “Algeria: the twilight of the generals”.


This week, in its upcoming issue to be released Thursday, L'Express is going with a caricature of Bouteflika, inspired by Andy Warhol, with for the caption: “Bouteflika forever”.



Date created : 2009-04-08