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AJSA condemns Arab Football Union misconduct against Radio Algeria

Radio Algeria was prevented from covering the Arab Champions League between Algerian club USMA - Iraq Air Forces. (Photo: ASJA)
by ASJA Board

ALGIERS, September 14, 2018 - On Tuesday, September 11th, the Radio Algeria (La Radio Algérienne) was prevented from broadcasting the football match between USMA - Iraq Air Forces in the Arab Champions League.

The commissioner of the match, regularly appointed by the Arab Football Union (UAFA), came into the press gallery and ordered the technical staff and journalists of Radio Algeria, Algeria's state-owned public radio broadcasting organization, to disassemble their transmission equipment and abstain from commenting the match.

In the case that the employees of the Algerian Radio channel refused, the commissioner threatened to register the match as a defeat for the Algerian club, USMA, adding that a $100,000 fine be imposed.

The Algerian Sports Journalists Association (AJSA) was alerted by its peers regarding this unprecedented, extremely serious and extraordinary event and condemns in the most vigorous terms the actions of those responsible at the Arab Football Union.

AJSA notes that, by doing so, the UAFA officials have ignored the sovereignty of Algerian laws that do not recognize "sports rights" applied to the Radio in full agreement with all international professional organizations.

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