Monday, August 18, 2003

Algeria: newspapers suspended for not paying bills

The six newspapers were told on Thursday to pay $44 million in printing debts to the state-run printing press ... or they would be stopped from publishing. And true enough ... all six papers were suspended from publishing today.
Their editors said a sudden call to pay the debts was part of a government move to stifle press freedom.

.... Daily Liberte said it paid its debts in time, but was still halted.

... Newspaper reports this summer have brought to light allegations of embezzlement that have implicated [President] Bouteflika, his brothers, government ministers and other officials.