The government claimed that the media showed “clear and repeated hostility” towards Algeria and its institutions.
Algeria cancelled France’s certification on the 24th, and the Ministry of Communications said on Sunday that it was the day after the former French colonial parliamentary elections.
The ministry and government spokesperson Amar Belhime said in a quote quoted by the national news agency APS that the move was due to the “clear and repeated hostility of the satellite news channel towards our country and its institutions”.
Belchimo also accused France24 of failing to respect journalistic rules and ethics, saying that it “in addition to confirming the enemy’s accident in Algeria, it also carried out false information and manipulation.”
The media said that the authorities had issued a final warning to the channel on March 13, stating that it “reported the Friday march” for the long-running Hirak anti-government protest movement.
In a statement on Sunday, the public service broadcaster stated that it was “surprised that it had not received any explanation” for this move, and emphasized that “we report Algerian news transparently, independently and honestly.”
The French government, which is strained with Algiers, did not immediately comment.
In Algeria, foreign and local journalists often face bureaucracy and unclear procedures in obtaining work permits.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Algeria at 146 out of 180 countries and regions in its 2020 World Press Freedom Index, a decrease of 27 places from 2015.
France24’s approval was withdrawn on the second day of the legislative elections held in North African countries. According to official data, nearly 70% of voters abstained.
At the same time, the official pressure on Chirac was increasing, and a series of journalists and opposition figures were arrested.
Independent journalist Khaled Drareni and proponent of reform radio station Ihsane El-Kadi were among the seven arrested on Thursday.
Although the former President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, stepped down in 2019 due to anti-government protests, demonstrations continue, demanding that the ruling system established since independence from France in 1962 Carry out a thorough reform.
The authorities stated that the main requirements of the movement had been met and accused the remaining protesters of violating Algeria’s interests.
The Chirac movement returned to the streets in February after being interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year, and survived arrests, presidential elections, and part of the constitutional referendum aimed at burying it.