Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Algeria to end State control of media
The government has also reportedly agreed to drop prison time for journalists convicted of libel. Speaking about the proposed changes, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said they would enhance democracy. He added that they would come into play once the parliament ratified the reforms. The cabinet said the reforms were part of a package announced by Bouteflika on 15th April.
During the address, Bouteflika said the government would publish a new information law and amend the constitution to "strengthen democracy". Additionally, the cabinet also said it would set up a new commission, which would include journalist, to regulate the media. It would also have the task of approving new press licenses and imposing fines for libel. Any media that was thought to threaten state security, however, would be banned or temporarily suspended.
Sources: BBC News, Reuters, WSJ
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