Algeria – Q&A from the press briefing (22 September 2020)

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Q: The French television channel M6 was banned in Algeria after airing a documentary on the “Hirak” popular protest movement in that country.
The Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebbounne also accused Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), which launched a solidarity campaign in support of its jailed correspondent, Khaled Drareni, of wanting to “destabilize” Algeria, adding “States are not attacking us head-on but are giving that mission to nongovernmental organizations.” France seems to be clearly targeted by these remarks; what is its response to these latest developments?

A: We are cognizant of this decision. France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of the press, the safety of journalists and all those whose expression contributes to the public debate worldwide. The freedom to inform is a fundamental right that must be protected.