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Algeria: Rachad Movement Website No Longer Censored; Radio Kalima Still Is

Blocked by the Algerian government on January 1, 2010, without motive or prior notice, the website of the Rachad Movement rachad.org [fr] is once again accessible in Algeria. Now, only the Radio Kalima site kalimadz.com [fr] continues to be censored. The Rachad Movement filed a complaint on May 11, 2010, with the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Yahia Bounouar, director of Radio Kalima in Algeria wonders, “Why is Kalimadz the only blocked news site in Algeria? Who decided this censorship?” The country's private Internet providers such as SLC and Wimax, are owned by the sons of Algerian military generals.

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