Minister: financial crisis reduce public advertisement sources

date 2016/10/06 views 71 comments 0

icon-writer By: Asma Bahlouli / English version: M. A.

Algeria’s communication minister Hamid Grine Thursday said public advertisements decreased by 65 percent in 2015-2016 due to the world economic crisis and oil revenues regression.

“A total of 90 percent of advertisements distributed by ANEP advertisement agency are published in private newspapers. The ministry will not intervene in newspapers management. Its first goal is to protect journalists,” Grine told members of Parliament.

“At present, priority is given to journalists. Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal follows this issue and supervised the treatment of some journalists who suffer from chronic diseases,” he added.

Asked about public advertisements distribution criteria, the minister said he does not give a big importance to commercial aspect. He cares about defamation-related issues.

“There is need for respecting the profession ethics and avoiding defamation. People’s private life should be respected. Information should be reported in transparency,” he said.

Speaking about discrimination in distributing advertisements to newspapers, Grine said newspapers which have large circulation get the largest number of public advertisements. They employ a big number of journalists.

He stressed the necessity of being “professional” by respecting individuals’ private life, transparency, accuracy, objectivity and avoiding defamation.

“This does not mean that we are against criticism in Algeria as part of freedom of expression,” he said.



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