Algeria/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The cultural policy objectives in Algeria are also a continuation of the items stipulated in Tripoli Charter of 1962: “The Algerian culture defined in this manner shall create a living and essential connection between the ideological endeavor of the popular democratic revolution and the manifested and daily tasks required to rebuild the country”.

After a decade of violence in the 1990s, Algerian political officials realized the importance of a powerful and solid cultural influence as a deterrent to all forms of extremism, and they added a new cultural policy objective. “Soon after, the vacuum caused by the cultural shortage was compensated by a reduced and vengeful vision of religion and was immediately exploited in the framework of violent strategies that aimed to take over power. As a result, Algeria was dragged into a swamp of the most violent form of extremism during the black decade. Intellectuals who were the driving force of the country's cultural life became a preferred target of this terrorism that has neither religion nor law.” [A. Bouteflika, Algiers, Capital of Arab Culture, 2007].

Chapter published: 03-05-2013