Derradji received a law degree and a diploma in classical
Arabic from the university of Algiers. From 1962-1971 he was
secretary general in the Ministry of Justice in Algeria and
from 1972-1980 he was the permanent representative of Algeria
with UNESCO and from 1980-1993) he represented the Arab organisation
on education, culture and science (ALECSO) with UNESCO.
is organised in three major chapters and contains 20 documents
in the appendix. After a brief introduction, Ahmed Derradji
introduces in chapter 1 (pp. 17-30) several principles on
the freedom of information and free expression in international
law by reviewing its sources and discussing its limitations.
In chapter 2 (pp. 31-92) he analyses the role of both principles
in the Arab countries as contained in the constitutions, in
the laws on the press and on the role of the press in the
public sector before he discusses the guarantees and the limitations
of free expression and the right for information and its implementation
including censorship, suspension of publication and interdiction
as contained in the penal laws. In chapter 3 (pp. 93-128)
he reviews the statutes on the press, on the journalists and
on the press councils. The Annex contains 20 major texts from
the constitution of Medina (623 A.D.) on major Islamic and
Arab declarations on human rights and the press laws of all
major Arab countries.