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Link to: Weekly “La Nation” suspended

Weekly “La Nation” suspended

The Algerian Ministry of Communications suspended the weekly “La Nation” “until further notice” on 31 January 1995. A faxed notice was sent to the newspaper’s printer. The week before, minister Mohammed Benamar Zerhouni had said that he “reserved the right to use all available measures…against” the newspaper, after it published a letter said to have […]

Link to: Sheikh Al-Ali, writer on Islamic law, reportedly detained; home searched and books seized

Sheikh Al-Ali, writer on Islamic law, reportedly detained; home searched and books seized

Gulf States human rights monitors report that Sheikh Al-Ali, the author of a number of books on Islamic law, was arrested on 16 January 1995 and that his home was searched and books seized. Arabic newspapers suggest he may have been arrested for the expression of his views on Islam, or for his criticism of […]

Link to: Journalists Nizar Nayyuf and Jadi Nawfal enter fourth year in prison

Journalists Nizar Nayyuf and Jadi Nawfal enter fourth year in prison

SOURCES: CDF, AI, ICJ, Human Rights Watch/Middle East, various Syrian journalist Nizar Nayyuf was arrested in January 1992 after his wife and three-year-old daughter were reportedly arrested in his place a few weeks earlier. He and fellow journalist Jadi Nawfal are among members of the banned Committee for the Defence of Democratic Freedoms and Human […]

Link to: Journalist Jaouhari Sahnoun dies in custody

Journalist Jaouhari Sahnoun dies in custody

Journalist Jaouhari Sahnoun died in a Tunis hospital on 25 January. He worked for “al-Fajr”, the pro-al-Nahda newspaper, and was a former member of the board of directors of the Tunisian League of Human Rights. Sahnoun had been arrested on 23 March 1991 and was sentenced in the mass al-Nahda military trials of 1992 to […]

Link to: “Quds Press” raided by Israeli police

“Quds Press” raided by Israeli police

Source: “Quds Press”, London On 16 January 1995, the offices of the Palestinian “Quds Press” in Jerusalem were raided for 75 minutes by a 19 member Israeli police unit, who seized computers and files and made a record of the names and identifications of personnel. The officer in charge gave no explanation as to the […]

Link to: Police prevent holding of Palestinian press conference

Police prevent holding of Palestinian press conference

A 2 January 1995 Palestinian press conference was banned by the authorities in East Jerusalem, reported Reporters sans frontieres (RSF) on 2 January. The police, led by police captain Arie Amit, prevented the conference on the topic of settlement in the occupied territories of the West Bank from taking place in an East Jerusalem hotel. […]

Link to: Two WTN journalists attacked by West Bank settlers; MBC camera stolen from cameraman Nidal Mansour

Two WTN journalists attacked by West Bank settlers; MBC camera stolen from cameraman Nidal Mansour

On 6 January 1995, two journalists with the British Worldwide Television News (WTN) network were attacked by a group of Jewish settlers at Halamish, a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The camera crew was taking footage in the aftermath of an attack by Palestinian gunmen in which a woman was killed. The journalists […]

Link to: Printers refuse to print “Al-Ayyam”

Printers refuse to print “Al-Ayyam”

On the morning of 3 January 1995, the Aden-based independent weekly “Al-Ayyam” paid the state-owned 14th of October Press in Aden to print its 200th issue. That night, the government printing facility returned the paper’s money, claiming that they could not print the issue because their equipment was in disrepair. On the morning of 4 […]