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October 7, 2015
Algerian Journalists Association condemns barring media from Football press conference

Mohamed Raouraoua, President of the Algerian Football Federation barred two journalists from covering a press conference in Algiers.(Photo:FIFA)
by Omar Kharoum,President of the AJSA
ALGIERS, October 7, 2015 - On September 30, 2015, a journalist from the Algerian daily ELKHABAR, Rafik Ouahid, was barred from covering the press conference announcing the selection of the Algerian national football team on the instruction of the President of the Algerian Football Federation, Mr. Mohamed Raouraoua.

The journalist arrived at the conference in a timely manner, but the communication officer of the governing body of the Algerian Football Federation indicated clearly to him that he and another journalist from a sports daily (competition), Smail Amokrane Mohamed, were banned from attending the conference.

This serious matter unacceptably chips away the right to information guaranteed by the Algerian and international law.

The Algerian Football Federation president’s lack of respect for Algerian laws governing the right to information is unacceptable. The Association of Sports Journalists of Algeria (AJSA) is outraged and has voiced its objections. It is calling on the competent authorities to put a stop to this actions bordering censorship and self-censorship. If the articles are not appreciated, it is established by law to exercise one’s right to respond or to take legal action in the case of proven defamation.

The initiator of this discriminatory measure against the two professional journalists has prevented the free exercise of their profession and violated their readers’ right to be informed. The AJSA is calling on journalists to mobilize in order that acts such as these are prohibited in the future.

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