International journalists’ groups and the supporters of change in Algeria have announced an international day of solidarity – October 24th – to highlight the growing crisis facing independent journalism in Algeria.
The International Federation of Journalists announced the action following an agreed declaration reached by journalists, press freedom groups and supporters in a meeting in Brussels today.
The meeting decided that urgent action is needed at international level to bring the attention of the international community to the growing media crisis in Algeria in recent weeks during which there have been suspensions of newspapers, arrests of publishers and leading journalists and a growing anxiety within the independent media over political pressure in advance of national elections next year.
Enclosed is the declaration issued in Brussels:
The International Federation of Journalists, the Association of Algerian Journalists in Belgium, the Committee for the Support of Democratic Rights in Algeria – Brussels Division – and political representatives, which came together today in Brussels, published the following declaration -
The attacks and police harassment – judicial and financial – being carried out against independent Algerian media are unacceptable. After having focused on the gravity of the situation facing Algerian journalists and the media, the participants of the meeting decided on a series of concrete actions:
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