29 September 1997


AFP bureau journalist stripped of his accreditation

Incident details



(RSF/IFEX) - Algerian authorities stripped the accreditation of one of the
four journalists who work for the Algiers bureau of the Agence France
Presse (AFP) news agency. According to RSF's information, on 25 September
1997, the journalist was called in by a Foreign Affairs Ministry official
and informed that his accreditation as a foreign correspondent, issued at
the beginning of 1997, was being withdrawn. The duration is unknown and the
reasons for the decision were not given. After a protest from AFP
management, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that AFP had already been
warned about its coverage of the violence in Algeria, and that there had
been a "repeat offence." The journalist is, therefore, left unable to
practise his profession.

AFP is the last Western news agency in Algeria.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Algerian President:

  • expressing the belief that this move specifically targets the Algiers
    bureau of AFP and comes from authorities' will to control information in
    the country, especially information related to the violence
  • asking that he intervene so the journalist's accreditation is restored,
    and urging an end to the harassment of the press in Algeria

    Appeals To

    His Excellency President Liamine Zeroual
    Palais presidentiel El Mouradia
    Algiers, Algeria
    Fax: +213 2 60 96 18

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Phone: +33 1 44 83 84 84
    Fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51
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