15 July 1996


Hundreds lend support to calls for release of "La Tribune" cartoonist; newspapers hold day-long strike

Source: IFJ Centre, Algiers

**Updates IFEX alerts dated 14, 11 and 4 July 1996**
On the morning of 15 July 1996, hundreds converged on the Maison
de la presse Tahar Djaout in Algiers after a joint appeal launched
by journalists (at their annual congress) and publishers. The
demonstrators were there to show solidarity with Algerian
journalists; to lend support to their calls for the release of "La
Tribune" political cartoonist Chawki Amari; and to urge the
lifting of measures taken against the paper, and its publisher and
editor-in-chief (see IFEX alerts). The main opposition parties
were represented -- regardless of political tendency-- , as were
organisations, women's groups, youth groups, union leaders,
university students and other citizens. A day-long newspaper
strike was also held.
According to the IFJ's Centre in Algiers, the event marked the
"first time journalists' solitary fight for freedom of expression
was so strongly taken up by politicians and civil society."

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