Skyline International called on Algerian journalists to raise their voice against government interference in the official media and to use social media as an effective method that cannot be silenced.
Skyline condemned the Algerian authorities’ attempts to censor journalists working in local broadcasting stations preventing them to cover the protests in Algeria.
It stated that the Algerian authorities were trying to force journalists not to cover street protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s candidacy for the fifth consecutive year.
The organisation illustrated that the interference of the work of media is contrary to local and international laws and called on the Algerian government to lift their restrictions on the journalists working in the government media .
During the past few days, Algerian journalists organised a number of calls for the government regarding their media coverage. They also called for “the liberation of official media from the grip of the authorities”.
Journalists are expected to gather again in various Algerian cities on Thursday to continue protest until the authorities lift their hands on the media.
Skyline stressed that the authorities’ interference with media coverage contravenes Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “everyone has the right to hold opinions without interference and to express them by any means regardless of frontiers”. Article IX of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981 states that “everyone has the right to express his views and to disseminate his views within the framework of the laws”.
Algerian television and radio journalists said in a letter that they “demand lifting the pressures and constraints on the editorial field, after the coverage of the poor and misleading television coverage of the demonstrations that reject Bouteflika’s candidacy for a new term”.
Skyline International called on the Algerian authorities to respect the journalistic work and not to restrict it. They stressed that the official media is supposed to represent the state with all its components, not just the ruling class.
Skyline sent a message to Algerian journalists encouraging them to raise their voices against censorship and use social media to put greater pressure on the government in order to change its media policies by imposing a single view on the official media.