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February 17, 2006

Ali Dilem Sentenced to One Year

One February 11, the Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay an approximately $950 (USD) fine. This was a result of drawing a dozen cartoons featuring Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the paper Liberte in 2003. The action was immediately censured by the group Reporters Without Borders. The charge was insulting and defaming the president. Dilem has been sentenced before, the article says he now sports a sentence total of nine years in prison. Another Dilem case was heard in court yesterday, which could add additional months to his prison stay.

The report also mentions that two editors will go on trial for reprinting the Danish Muhammed cartoons.
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