ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Dozens of Algerian journalists and human rights activists have gathered in support of a newspaper editor who has been on a hunger strike for a week.
Hadda Hazem, the 61-year-old director of Al Fadjr newspaper, went on a hunger strike on Nov. 13 to protest what she calls Algerian authorities’ attempt to stifle her newspaper by cutting advertising from public companies.
Hazem claims to be a victim of a “political sanction” after taking a stand against a possible fifth term of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Hazem was present at Monday’s support rally in Algiers and looked tired. She was unable to speak.
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Bouteflika, 81, has headed the country since 1999. The next presidential election is scheduled for April 2019.