Skip to content

Speaking out: Reporters Without Borders tell U.S. Secretary Kerry about Algeria's issue

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
4/17/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

U.S., Algeria hope to revive economic ties on eve of presidential election

United States Secretary of State John Kerry made a two-day visit to Algiers on the second and third day of April. Kerry touched down in the African nation for strategic dialogue between the U.S. and Algeria. Viewed as an important opportunity to revive economic ties between the two countries, it also presented an opportunity for Algeria\'s more marginalized citizens to voice their concerns.

Candidates point out that fraud will play a large part in Algeria's presidential election.

Candidates point out that fraud will play a large part in Algeria's presidential election.

Highlights

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Secretary of State John Kerry, Algeria, elections


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - "Since you will have the privilege to meet Algerian President Bouteflika, will you please let him know something from one of his citizens," an open letter from Reporters Without Borders, published in the country's daily French language newspaper, addressed to Kerry asks.

"Does he know that his citizens are sad and anxious? After 15 years of hard work, a cerebro-vascular accident has left him unable to walk and talk without difficulty. Does he know that they are many of his citizens who disagree with him and his candidates?

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

"Citizens have been arrested for peacefully protesting his policies. Protestors have been arrested and molested by police."

The letter adds, "We would also like to ask you to raise the crucial issue of freedom of information during your talks with your Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra."

This state visit from the U.S. secretary of state   is seen by some politicians as one of opportunism.

Ali Fawzi Rebaine, one of the candidates amid the presidential election campaign asks, "Do you think that the visit of Kerry to Algeria is fortuitous? This visit comes at a crucial moment when U.S.A. wants its part of the pie."

Other candidates point out that fraud will play a large part in Algeria's presidential election.

The elderly and infirm 77-year-old incumbent, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is controversially seeking a fourth term. Freedom of expression is the focal point amidst Human Right organizations, who say that free speech raises the danger of imprisonment.

"Law 11-14 of 2 August 2011 decriminalized defamation of government officials by amending articles 144 (b) and 146 of the criminal code. Similarly, Law 12-05 on information abolished prison sentences for media offenses.

"This should have ended the threat to journalists posed by articles 144 (b), 146 and 77 to 99 of the criminal code, but the fines are disproportionate and articles 296 and 298 of the criminal code maintain prison sentences for defaming individuals. While judicial proceedings against journalists or media may be slowed down or even 'forgotten,' the threat of a judicial decision subsequently emerging constitutes a threat that forces journalists to censor themselves," writes Reporter Without Borders in its statement.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MARCH 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.


Comments


More Africa

The worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: Kenya is starving Watch

Image of Emmanuel Ayapar are two of Kenya's 20 million citizens facing

The United Nations reported the famine in Africa has put 20 million people at risk of starvation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Christian pastor discovers amazing treasure in Sierra Leone Watch

Image of Pastor Emmanuel Momoh made an amazing discovery.

African church minister Emmanuel Momoh supplements his meager stipend by mining various minerals in the mines of eastern Sierra Leone. LOS ... continue reading


Is this the statue of the Pharaoh of the Exodus found toppled in a muddy pit under an Egyptian slum? Watch

Image of The statue of Ramses II will be repaired and put on display.

Archaeologists in Cairo have recovered the top half of an ancient colossus, likely built for Pharaoh Ramses II. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Tragedy strikes four Ethiopian nuns in horror car accident Watch

Image of Four nuns were killed in a car accident (not pictured) on their way to a funeral.

The Church in Ethiopia is mourning the deaths of four religious sisters who died in a car accident that critically injured three other ... continue reading


Suffering South Sudan Watch

Image of 5.5 million people are starving in South Sudan.

People are beginning to starve to death in South Sudan. The United Nations has formally declared that a state of famine exists in this east ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.