The election of the new president Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not calm the popular protest in Algeria, on the contrary. In a context of increased repression against Hirak, the Algerian daily "Liberty" is showing remarkable independence, notes El País.
“Visiting the editorial office of“ Liberté ”is like taking a trip to the past, before the acceleration of time and lifestyles in the Internet age”, note the journalist of the Madrid daily El País who went to Algiers to meet his colleagues from the newspaper "Liberté".
This daily is “One of only two, with El Watan, to give an echo to the opposition, and especially to Hirak, the popular protest movement which has put power in check ”, highlighted El País.
At the morning conference of “Freedom”, in the aftermath of the presidential election, on Friday, December 13, twenty journalists calmly discuss with their department heads and the editorial staff of the content of the newspaper to be published the next day, with a print run of some 100,000 copies.
Because even if “Liberté” offers its readers a website, its main sales – 90% – are made in kiosks.
An independent and critical voice
The front page of “Freedom” is therefore essential in a media landscape complacent with the power and conspired by the demonstrators who, since last February, go out peacefully in the street to challenge the regime and ask for another future for their country, underlines El País. “The media (of the country) do not cover the demonstrations, they expose a parallel reality”, explains Djilali Benyub, the editorial director of the daily.
Born in the early 1990s, during the dark years of the civil war between the government and the Islamist factions of the country, “Liberté”, which publishes investigations, revelations and testimonies, keeps an editorial line completely independent and critical of the diet. The daily did not hesitate to reveal cases of corruption among the political elites, continues El País.
Economic and technological intimidation
The government is trying to strangle the media economically, for example by depriving it of institutional advertising, and blocking its journalists to collect official information. But he does not resort to repression: “Bouteflika (the former president) ended these practices years ago”, explains a journalist referring to the arrests of journalists who were common during the dark decade.
There is now something simpler for the regime: block access to the digital edition of newspapers. This is what happened to online media TSA (All about Algeria), very critical of the government and which gave a resounding echo to the first popular demonstrations.
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