A singer sentenced for a critical video shared on social networks
On July 16, “raï” (Algerian folk music form) singer Siham Khedim (also known as Siham Japonia) was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined 120,000 dinars (approximately € 825). by the court of the city Djamel of Oran. She was jailed because of a video she made criticizing the medical response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Algeria 360 ° reported.
According to Algeria 360 °, the parquet is for “Contempt of an official in the exercise of his functions, contempt of a constitutional body, defamation; and the taking of images and their publication without the authorization of the person concerned and violating the symbols of the liberation war of national law, in accordance with article 151 of the Penal Code and articles of Law 99/07 on the mujahedin (resistaNT) and the martyr ”.
The singer filmed the state of emergency at the University Hospital of Oran and shared the video on social networks. She denounced the absence of staff and the dilapidated condition of the hospital. The singer would have used insults and outrageous remarks against the medical and administrative staff of the establishment.
The Oran University Hospital specified in a press release that “This kind of behavior has harmed the psychological state of medical and paramedical staff in particular, due to the exhaustion of which they are victims following the overloading of hospitals due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus”.
The public prosecutor of the Oran court, Hadj Kaddour Boucif, has requested three years in prison against the singer, Algeria 360 ° reported.