The counter-revolution orchestrated by monarchies in the Middle-East and Russia to maintain in power the remains of the Bouteflika regime has hit full throttle, even NGOs aren’t spared. At the time of the writing of this article six online news outlets, including TSA-Algerie, have been censored and as a result remain inaccessible to readers in Algeria.
Known as the “3issaba” to the inhabitants of the country, which roughly translates in English to “the clan“, the last residues of former dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime are still active, they act with impunity and attempt to intimidate journalists, NGOs and Facebook pages deemed hostile to the regime.
Since the publication of our investigation focused on the diverse range of offences committed by Noureddine Ayadi and Sabri Boukadoum’s Foreign office, two key figures of the regime, the Algiers Herald became the subject of vicious hostilities.
A culture of mediocrity
After 20 years of Bouteflika reign, the Algerian public bodies became extremely corrupt, a culture of impunity developed and became deeply ingrained within the minds of these residues. It is a culture of disdain, a culture of the law of the jungle, a culture of pride in incompetence which has slowly become the norm.
To put things into context, the reader should know a little about these two characters.
Noureddine Ayadi, was the General Secretary at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of the crimes committed by his department and which occurred in Britain, he is now the General Secretary at the President’s Office in El Mouradia.
Known as a Bouteflika loyalist and a close friend of Bachir Tartag (pictured center left), the two are said to have regularly played tennis at the former dictator’s palace in Zeralda (known as ‘residence d’etat de Zeralda‘) according to unverifiable reports. Bachir Tartag has a dark past, he is the former intelligence chief now incarcerated for very serious charges, including ‘plotting to subvert the army’s ranks‘; charges that could see him spend the rest of his life in jail. A sinister character, he is nicknamed “Chignole“, which translates to an electric drill; in reference to one of the tools he has been reported to use during torture sessions.
Sabri Boukadoum (pictured top left), on the other hand, was Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s United Nations envoy to New York. In the past, the U.N envoy had been the subject of controversy when he recruited a certain Mehdi Remaoun, the son of former Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit, an appointment judged by many Algerians as a blatant case of nepotism, the only such case reported in the history of the U.N.
Sabri Boukadoum is now the Foreign Minister of the country, as part of a largely unrecognised government.
Sabri Boukadoum has a wife and two children who we are investigating.
Intimidating international NGOs
Following the publication of the article titled “A series of abuses taints the image of Algeria’s diplomacy“, which reported on other cases of abuses committed by Algeria’s diplomatic staff abroad, our facebook page was viciously assaulted by a group of trolls, which included Noureddine Ayadi’s daughter, who proceeded to publish unsubstantiated claims about the victim, subject of the article, and our publication; going as far as falsely claiming that the victim owned a flat in London worth £2 million. Unfounded claims as we’ve been able to verify with bank statements, the wages paid to regular employees at Algeria’s missions are on par with the wages paid by your local McDonald’s.
The suspect who studies at HEC Montreal – a school where fees go as high as £35,000 per year – also proceeded to share personal information on the victim and members of his family, likely obtained from the Consul of Algeria in London, namely Kenza Benali, who felt like ruining his good name.
From what we have gathered from the legal counsel of the victim, a police complaint for invasion of privacy, endangerment and defamation is being considered to be lodged with “Sûreté du Québec” in relation to the actions of the suspect.
Following the intervention of the regime figure’s daughter, the Algiers Herald was added to the list of medias that are regularly targeted by regime paid trolls, known as ‘Doubab El Electroni’, these attack the work of the independent media outlets reporting on the ongoing revolution by leaving hostile comments on social networks, in our case comments that for example allege that the Algiers Herald is run by the now infamous “foreign hand“, “the CIA” or… the good old “Mossad“.
Subsequently, our IT team has detected unusual cyber attacks on our website emanating from the Ukraine.
The Algiers Herald strongly condemns these regressive practices, acts of another century that do not honour the Algerian people’s institutions; and, will keep reporting on this case until justice is done to this patriot.
In the now long-awaited part II of our investigation into the shenanigans of overpaid Algerian diplomats, we will get explore the subject further… and share even more sinister revelations.
To be continued…