Algeria Revokes France 24 Operating License

Algeria has canceled the operating license of France 24 a day after parliamentary elections due to alleged bias against the country.

Algerian Communications ministry and government spokesman Ammar Belhimer claimed the news outlet showed “clear and repeated hostility towards our country and its institutions.”

France 24 reportedly received a final warning on March 13 for covering the Hirak anti-government Friday marches.

(We are) “surprised not to have received any explanation” for the move, stressing that “we cover Algerian news transparently, independently and honestly,” said France 24.

The French government has not yet commented on the license revocation.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Algeria ranks 146 out of 180 countries and territories in its 2020 World Press Freedom Index.

The Algerian government has also cracked down on media organizations and members of the press during the recent months amid ongoing political dissent in the country.

Last Thursday, Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni and the director of a pro-reform radio station, Ihsane El-Kadi were arrested along with 7 other media workers.

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