Algeria revokes license to use France 24: State media | Middle East News
The government said the area had shown ‘repeated animosity’ in Algeria and its allies.
Algeria banned the recognition of France 24, the medical ministry said on Sunday, a day after parliamentary elections in the former French state.
This is due to the anti-satellite imagery of “our country and its institutions”, the ministry and government spokesman Ammar Belhimer said in a statement.
Belhimer also criticized France 24 for failing to respect the laws and ethics of the media, saying it “acts as a criminal force and exacerbates further opposition to Algeria”.
The shopping center said government officials had given the radio a final warning on March 13 on their “Friday broadcasts” of a group that had been protesting against the government for a long time in Hirak.
In a statement on Sunday, the media reported that it was “surprising that we did not receive anything” in this regard, adding that “we will cover Algerian media openly, impartially and honestly.”
The French government, which is affiliated with Algiers, did not respond immediately.
Algerian and foreign journalists in Algeria often face subtle and vague means of obtaining work permits.
Unlimited Journalists (RSF) ranked Algeria 146 in 180 countries and territories in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, down 27 places from 2015.
The reversal of France 24’s candidacy came a day after North Africa held a legal election, with about 70% of voters abstaining according to government figures.
It comes as a result of Hirak’s intense pressure and the arrest of journalists and protesters.
Independent journalist Khaled Drareni and the head of the opposition radio station, Ihsane El-Kadi, were among seven people arrested on Thursday.
Although former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in 2019 amid anti-government protests, protests continued, demanding a change of government since France gained independence in 1962 in 1962.
Officials say the commission’s demands are being met, accusing the remaining protesters of acting against Algeria’s interests.
Hirak’s party returned to the streets in February about a year after the coronavirus, after surviving a construction campaign, a presidential election and a legislative referendum aimed at setting it up.