Withdrawal of accreditation and defamation convictions feed climate of mistrust towards press

first_imgNews News to go further Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation April 29, 2021 Find out more News June 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Withdrawal of accreditation and defamation convictions feed climate of mistrust towards press RSF_en AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Algerian government’s inability to tolerate criticism after the communication ministry stripped the Agence France-Presse bureau chief and the Reuters correspondent in Algiers of their accreditation on 10 June and a court yesterday fined the daily Liberté’s publisher and editor and one of its cartoonists for defamation.“The lack of toleration for outspoken journalists has created a climate of mistrust that is having a grave impact on the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The AFP and Reuters correspondents have paid the price, even if these two agencies are still allowed to operate. This is no longer the case for the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, which was forced to close its Algiers bureau four years ago as a punitive measure.”AFP’s bureau chief and Reuters’ correspondent had their accreditation withdrawn after reporting on terrorist activity. The authorities said AFP “exaggerated” the toll of two bombings at the station in Béni Amrane, a town 50 km east of Algiers, on 10 June. Reuters was accused of reporting a bombing that did not take place. Both news agencies published the interior ministry’s denials.In yesterday’s development, a court in the municipality of Sidi M’hamed, in Algiers province fined Liberté publisher Ali Ouafak, editor Farid Alilat and cartoonist Ali Dilem 20,000 dinars (200 euros) because of a cartoon of former armed forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Mohamed Lamari that was held to be defamatory. The lawsuit was brought by the defence ministry.Al-Jazeera’s activities in Algeria were “temporarily” suspended by the ministry of culture and communication in June 2004 but, four years later, it has still not been allowed to resume operating. Since 2004, Al-Jazeera has been covering Algeria from Morocco. May 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Receive email alerts Follow the news on Algeria News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Organisation last_img read more

My mentor

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Socpo president Keith Handley received his biggest career break when hismentor put him forward to chair a national group. Bryan Watson was director of personnel at the GLC in 1986 when herecommended Handley, then assistant director of personnel at BradfordMetropolitan Council, for the job of chairman of the newly formed MetropolitanAuthorities Recruitment Agency’s Older Workers Campaign Group. “He gave me my first foray on to the national HR stage,” explainsHandley. “Bryan was the leading light in the formation of Metra which,even at that early stage, was promoting the issue of age awareness and anti-agediscrimination – which has continued to be an important issue for me throughoutmy career.” The best piece of advice Handley received from Watson is, “Even if youare at the top of the organisation, you still need somebody to lean on”. Handley leaned on Watson throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s whenBradford Metropolitan Council cut spending by £60m with the majority comingfrom redundancy programmes. “The role of the personnel director at these times can be a very lonelyone, having to present reports to the board on how to achieve savings whilemaking sure employees are leaving the organisation with their dignityintact,” he says. Watson, now retired, is a member of the CIPD’s careers and counselling forumand Socpo’s pensions and age diversity group, which Handley chairs. My mentorOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more