“The press is no longer supervised, it is imprisoned”
- Ali Yahia, Founder, LADDH, May 2005
The Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) is an Algiers-based NGO that is conducting Algeria’s first electoral media-monitoring campaign. Leading up to the April 9 Presidential elections, the program will encourage the press to report objectively on a range of political candidates; “We are analyzing the content of daily newspapers, television program, and radio coverage… We must answer several questions: Did candidates have equal space in the media? Did pro-boycott candidates have their right to speak? How was the iconography of a particular candidate treated?” According to the Arab Working Group for Monitoring Media, even in moderately democratic countries, press coverage tends to favor the sitting president or the candidate of the current ruling party. LADDH’s efforts mark an important development for Algeria’s election observation process and for the growth of civil society in the country.
LADDH's findings will be released approximately one week after the election, and will be available on Aswat.
LADDH was established in 1985 with the mission to protect human rights in Algeria and around the world. Despite imprisonment of its leaders and the difficulties of working in an authoritarian state, LADDH has remained a vociferous critic of government-led human rights abuses over the past 24 years, denouncing the 1992 coup that brought an end to democratic elections in the country, the opening of Saharawi camps in southern Algeria, and the proclamation of a state of emergency. For media monitoring resources, as well as more information on LADDH, please visit: