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Known For: Award-winning Journalist
An Algerian television producer, director, filmmaker, and reporter, Horria Saihi has fought government censorship and the threat of fundamentalism since the mid-1980s. She has been condemned to death by Islamic fundamentalists, and went into hiding in late 1994 after discovering that she was on a hit list. Saihi remains in hiding due to the continuance of the death threats against her.
Saihi’s work includes a documentary series on television censorship. Ironically, the series was canceled by the government after six months without explanation. She has also filmed testimonials with the families of victims of Islamic terrorism, revealing the impact of violence on everyday Algerians. Despite the assassination of approximately 70 journalists, including colleagues and friends, Saihi remains determined and committed to her cause.
Saihi travels throughout Algeria to produce her reports and occasionally files stories with French television stations. In 1996, she produced documentaries on the clearing of landmines in Algeria and on female rape victims. Despite the months Saihi spent obtaining the approval of the Algerian government to work on these films, both were censored and have subsequently never been aired.
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