IFJ Welcomes Statute for Algerian Journalists that Opens Door to Better Working Conditions

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomed today the adoption of a decree defining labor relations between journalists and media employers in Algeria.

“This text represents undeniably a major step forward for journalists in Algeria,” said Aidan White, General Secretary of the IFJ. “It is the centrepiece of legal conditions regulating journalists’ work that has been missing for too long. We are delighted with its adoption”.

Approved on Tuesday by the Government Council, this long awaited text is an executive decree taken on the basis of the labor law 90/11. It provides Algerian journalists from private and public sectors with a legal framework defining their profession and guaranteeing their basic rights.

The IFJ says a key role was played by the Syndicat National des Journalistes (SNJ) in achieving this breakthrough, which will strengthen rights of journalists across the country. With these rights now in place the Union intends to press ahead with efforts to sign collective bargaining agreements covering all aspects of the working conditions of journalists in both public and private sectors.

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