Artist: Algerian poet, fiction writer, journalist, and editor Faher Djaout (1954-1993)
Confronting Bodies: The Armed Islamic Group [of Algeria]
Date of Action: 1993
Specific Location: Algeria
Description of Artwork: Faher Djaout was a writer and editor of Ruptures magazine. He was also a fiction writer and poet. Djaout was an avid proponent of secularism which asserts the freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions; and his writings often promote this belief in secularism.
Description of Incident: Faher Djaout was assassinated by the rebel Armed Islamic Group because of his support of secularism and opposition to what he considered fanaticism.
Results of Incident: Djaout was assassinated due to his beliefs that went against Islamic fundamentalists. After Djaout’s death the BBC made a documentary about him entitled 'Shooting the Writer' which was introduced by Salman Rushdie. It is also important to note that 1993 was a very bloody year for writers, journalists, academics, and artists in Algeria. The victims, most of them murdered by Islamist activists, include Ruptures magazine writer and editor Taher Djaout; sociologist Djilali Liabhs; Beaux-Arts [College] head Ahmed Asselah; sociologist M’hamed Boukhobza; Bab-Ezzouar University head Salah Djebaoli; poet and writer Youssef Sebti; playwright and stage director Abdelkader Alloula; psychiatrist Mahfoudh Boucebci, national education superintendent Salah Chouaki; playwright Izzedine Medjoubi; pediatrician Dilalli Belkhanchir; economist Abderahmane Faredeheb; and journalists Ferhat Cherkit, Youssef Fathallah, Lamine Lagoui, Ziane Farrah, Abdelhamid Benmenni, Rabah Zenati, Saad Bakhtaoui, and Abderrahmane Chergou…, and the list is far from complete…
Source: Democracy Frontline blog: http://democracyfrontline.org/blog/?p=1597
Submitted By: National Coalition Against Censorship