Algeria: Arrest of journalist without legal basis exacerbates authorities' restrictive policies against freedom of expression and opinion
Stockholm - The international human rights foundation Skyline states that the arrest of Algerian journalist and poet "Zahari Laputer," 70, by the security services requires the launching of a serious investigation into the circumstances of the incident. It stresses that the Algerian government must provide a legal and logical justification for continuing its crackdown on freedom of opinion and expression.
In a statement released today, Tuesday, Skyline stresses that it strongly rejects the arrest of the journalist " Laputer " by some security forces led by a plainclothes security officer who arrested him last night in his home. It calls on the Algerian authorities to fully clarify the details of his arrest and forced disappearance, especially since the security authorities who arrested him did not give any real reasons for the arrest, which indicates a flagrant and unjustified violation of both Libyan and international law.
Skyline points to the information provided by the journalist's son, "Amin Laputer," on his Facebook account, where he said, "A plainclothes security officer came to Zahari Laputer's house at 6:30 p.m. (17:30 GMT) with a summons, the contents of which I do not know. ". He added that he "does not know the authority to which they belong, nor the reason for the arrest."
Laputer is a journalist and writer, having written many books and supported the movement against the regime of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He previously headed the Publishers Syndicate and was coordinator of the International Federation of Journalists, and he is one of the founders of the National Syndicate of Journalists in Algeria.
For its part, Skyline notes that the Algerian government has not issued an official statement since " Laputer's" arrest without naming the security agency that arrested him or explaining the charges on which he was arrested, raising questions about the legitimacy of the arrest process and the true motives behind it.
Accordingly, Skyline confirms that it has observed dozens of acts of harassment and persecution of journalists, activists, and media workers by Algerian authorities, and stressed that there are dozens of journalists who have been persecuted for their journalistic work without any legal basis. -
Skyline points out that since 2019, Algeria has been exposed to human rights criticism and international criticism, facing allegations of repression and human rights violations, amid a widespread arrest campaign affecting many activists of the popular movement calling for the fall of the regime and considering President Tebboune as part of the former regime.
According to the Reporters Without Borders report on World Press Freedom Index for 2022, Algeria ranks 134th out of 180 countries, indicating the deterioration that the country has reached due to the behavior of the Algerian authorities
Skyline concludes its statement by noting that international law, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, guarantees freedom of opinion and expression, as well as the exercise of journalistic activity through the transmission, publication, and discussion of information without restriction or persecution. It also emphasizes the need to provide journalists with protection and unrestricted freedom in the exercise of their activities.