Dozen journalists arrested at Algiers protest
Algerian police arrested a dozen journalists participating in a rally Thursday against alleged censorship of coverage of protests against a new term for veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reported Agence France Presse.
Around 100 print and broadcast journalists, working for both state-owned and private outlets, joined the demonstration in central Algiers against reporting restrictions they say have been imposed by media bosses on the protests that broke out February 22.
Bouteflika's decision to run for a fifth term has been met with nationwide protests. The first of which took place in the capital Algiers and in a number of other cities including Oran, Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia, Annaba and Setif.
Crowds shouted, “No to Bouteflika and no to Said,” in downtown Algiers, referring to the ailing president and his brother Said, a presidential adviser.
Increasing street demonstrations, particularly among young Algerians, are fuelling concerns about violent unrest.
The most recent wave of protests took place February 26 when tens of thousands of university students demonstrated across the country, including at the University of Algiers and in Annaba, Constantine, Ouargla and Tizi Ouzou.
Organised under the slogan "Not in My Name," the protests were in reaction to student unions supporting Bouteflika's bid.