Mohamed Benchicou awarded International Prize of Freedom of Expression
Spanish monthly magazine Voz del Occidente awarded the 2005 International Prize of Freedom of Expression to Algerian Mohamed Benchicou, editor of banned daily Le Matin, to express solidarity and support for his fight for freedom of the press. Benchicou was given a two-year prison sentence for his outspokenness on the issue, and has been held in El Harrach Prison for the past year.
Previous winners of the prize include Moroccan journalist Ali Lemrabet in 2003 and Eduardo Haro Tecglen of Spanish daily El Pais in 2004. (Liberte)
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