400 books banned from Algeria book fair

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ALGIERS, ALGERIA (AP) - Algeria’s culture minister says 400 books were banned from the country’s international book fair.

Khalida Toumi said at a news conference Wednesday marking the fair’s opening that the law on importing books banned those supported colonialism, terrorism and racism.

Books attacking the national liberation struggle against France were also not allowed in.

More than 500 publishers, Algerian and foreign, are taking part in the festival. Four countries will be taking part for the first time, including Russia, Ukraine, Peru and Monaco.

Lebanon will be the guest of honor with 70 publishers.

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