Algerian police release dissident writer

Algiers – One of Algeria’s most prominent writers, Lazhari Labter, said on Tuesday that he had been set free, days after he was arrested for reasons that remain unclear. The 70-year-old, who played a prominent role in the North African country’s 2019 Hirak protests which unseated longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, had been arrested by police officers on November 20, according... Read more → The post Algerian police release dissident writer appeared first on African Insider.

Algerian police release dissident writer

Algiers – One of Algeria’s most prominent writers, Lazhari Labter, said on Tuesday that he had been set free, days after he was arrested for reasons that remain unclear.

The 70-year-old, who played a prominent role in the North African country’s 2019 Hirak protests which unseated longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, had been arrested by police officers on November 20, according to his family.

On Tuesday, Labter’s own Facebook page carried a post sending “a very big thank you” to those who had expressed “their solidarity, their support in the difficult times that I have known these last days”.

He said he was back with loved ones and needed rest, but vowed to stay “loyal to my principles of justice and freedom”.


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“Long live free and democratic Algeria! Freedom for all unjustly imprisoned prisoners!” he concluded, without explaining why he had been detained.

Labter, a prolific journalist, editor and poet, is known for penning the so-called “18 commandments” of the 2019 protests, urging peaceful demonstrations against the authorities.

He has also published around 40 books, including poetry, and two comic novels.

The author, who has worked for the International Federation of Journalists, is a former president of Algeria’s editors’ union and was a founding member of the national journalists’ syndicate.

According to local rights group LADDH, several Algerian journalists remain in the country’s prisons, either having been convicted or awaiting trial.

Reporters Without Borders ranks Algeria 134th out of 180 in its 2022 World Press Freedom Index.

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