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Press under pressure from Algeria's 'draconian drift'

Algerian artists and journalists hold placards during a demonstration in Algiers calling for the release of private TV channel KBC executives Mahdi Benaissa and Riyadh HartoufDespite a new constitution in Algeria guaranteeing freedom of the press, criticising the government is becoming increasingly risky. Producers at KBC TV, a privately owned channel which airs a talk show that regularly criticises the government, know that only too well. The order came five days after security forces shut down a studio producing talk shows for KBC.

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