Algeria has decided to withdraw its accreditation after France 24 news channel warned in March about the Hirac movement. “Explicit and Repetitive Hostility”, Announced, Sunday, June 13, at the Ministry of Communications.
This withdrawal is also triggered “Ignoring the rules of professional ethics, misinformation and manipulation and proven aggression against Algeria”, Quoted by the official Algerian Press Service (ABS) news agency as saying government spokesman Ammar Belheimer. The decision comes the day after the early assembly elections.
The ABS sent a reminder of what the Algerian government had sent on March 13th “One Last Warning Before Final Withdrawal” Its recognition of France 24, by questioning it “Safety of Friday Parades”, Reference to the protests of the anti-government movement Hirak.
The news channel, which broadcast live the Assembly election live again from Algiers on Saturday, was surprised by the response in the evening “No explanation received” Regarding the withdrawal of the authorization of its reporters.
“Our information on Algerian news is done in terms of transparency, freedom and honesty”, France 24 said in a message read in the air. When asked by the Agency France-Presse (AFP), the French Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
An opaque and random process
On March 13, France 24 already promised to make it “Work as honestly as possible”. “We do our job as journalists according to the rules in force.”. Moncef Ad Cassie lives in Algiers and has represented 24 Assembly elections for the French service in France.
For many years, foreign media outlets operating in Algeria have been subject to a bureaucratic, opaque and disruptive accreditation process. The director of Algeria’s AFP, Philip Accred, was appointed in October 2019 and has never received approval from the authorities. No reason was given in this regard. Working conditions are difficult for Algerian journalists, in the wake of the crackdown by the authorities.
Born in February 2019, Mr. Aptelsis has been rejected by the fifth installment of Bouteflika. The movement continued despite the expulsion of Bouteflika and his clan, and later a new head of state, Abdelmadzit Deboun, was elected.
Hirak calls for the abolition of the regime that has been in place since independence in 1962. Officials say key demands of the movement have been met.
The Algerian people voted in an effort to strengthen the legitimacy of the government during the assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, with the exception of the presidential election in late 2019 and the subsequent referendum in late 2020. According to official figures, the turnout was 70%.