Algeria/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.7 Mass media

Law No. 90-07, passed on 03 April, 1990, sets the rules and principles to practice the right of information, and stresses that rights of information guarantee that citizens be fully and objectively informed of the events and opinions related to society (according to Articles 35, 36, 39, 40 of the Constitution).

Guaranteeing information rights can be achieved through the following:
- Information channels and equipment in the public sector.
- Information channels and equipment owned by political associations.
- Information channels and equipment established by persons under the Algerian law.
- Any communication medium whether written, broadcast (audio), or televised (see Constitution: Articles: 2, 3, 8, 9).

Within Algeria there is a public information sector represented by the various media—written press, radio and television. But there is also a private information sector in written press. There are also audiovisual production establishments which produce films and audiovisual tapes, but only the state has the right to broadcast them. (In addition to the television channels in Arabic, one television channel broadcasting in Tamazight, a local language, which can be watched locally and abroad, another one in French, and an internationally-geared religious channel. There also are 50 additional radio stations). About 76 daily newspapers are published in Algeria, 50% in Arabic and 50% in French.

Chapter published: 03-05-2013