What’s Al Jazeera’s Agenda for Algeria?


Many videos on youtube speak about Al Jazeera’s coverage of the Arab Spring events. This channel based in Qatar has been accused by many as being a collaborator with ‘foreign agents’ working to destabilize the region and serve the interests of foreign powers. I am posting here a specimen of such videos which I chose because it speaks specifically about what Al Jazeera’s plans are for Algeria:

The clip is from a privately-owned Syrian satellite TV channel (قناة الدنيا). It is owned by businessman Rami Makhlouf; a cousin of president Bashar Al-Assad and said to be the most influential businessman in Syria.

In this clip which dates back to September 2011, we hear that:

  • Al Jazeera has orchestrated the uprisings in Libya and Syria and that Algeria is next on the list
  • Al Jazeera is actively working to execute Western destructive plans for the Arab World and create the Great Discord.
  • It plans to ‘hide’ planned Israeli massacres of Palestinians, right after the UN Security Council recognizes the Palestinian State. Furthermore, it concealed NATO crimes in Libya.
  • Establishing democracy is just a sinister trick by the West to slaughter civilians, create chaos and pillage the regions’ resources (Iraq, Afghanistan, Ghaza, Somalia and Libya are given as evidence for these plans).

It is fascinating how all Arab regimes chew the exact same stories about ‘foreign intervention’ and ‘conspiracies against stability’. I do watch Al Jazeera occasionally and although I did notice that they have a hostile stance with respect to the Algerian State and they had selective coverage for the various countries during the ‘Arab Spring’, none of these warrants the ridiculous story that is presented by Arab regimes. Evidently, like any media channel, Al Jazeera must have a political agenda, but what is it? It is undeniable that Al Jazeera had a big role to play in the ‘Arab Spring’; crowds in Tahrir Square were chanting ‘Long live Al Jazeera!”. But is it really a Western collaborator? An ally of the Zionist State? And how has this propaganda affected the perception of Al Jazeera by the Arab masses? In Algeria, it seems the government has succeeded in making many Algerians side with Al-Gadafi. I was amazed at how popular he was. The ‘foreign intervention’ story was really effective, and the proof was that Zionist Bernard-Henri Levy was involved with the revolutionaries. Incidently, he wrote a book about the Libyan insurgency and here’s a quote, according to Israeli newspaper haaretz:

Because he does not officially “belong” to the Elysee, Levy allows himself to relate in minute detail his conversations with the president; in them, Sarkozy reveals his opinions of the world’s top leaders. The things he says are frequently far from flattering. The Americans? “Oddly soft.” Merkel? “Pathetic,” in her caution. Berlusconi? “Asks himself if he has a brain left.” Papandreou? “Throws too many wrenches into the works. You can’t … sabotage [the operation] when you’re not even on deck.” And the Turks? “Good thing I blocked them” (during the debate over possible entry to the European Union ). Levy even describes Sarkozy’s reaction when, on July 20, a rebel delegation that came to the Elysee offered to assassinate Gadhafi: “I do not want to turn him into a martyr, and in addition to that, I am not a murderer!” According to Levy, the president nonetheless went on to say that, if Gadhafi were to be “killed in a confrontation, that is another matter. I think it would be a mistake, but it would not be any of my business.” The Libyan leader was executed during a “confrontation” three months later.

and

Levy strongly protests the assumption that the Arab dictators were strategically convenient for Israel, but makes an even more fundamental point: “We have no choice. It is not the role of democracy in general and of Israel in particular to decide whether the dictator should disappear or not. It is the people that are supposed to decide that. The only choice before Israel is to hunker down in a stance of refusal – a position that would bind its fate with that of the dictators, or to express sympathy in principle for the budding signs of democracy and liberty. I, as a friend of Israel, prefer the view that says: Maybe it will end badly but we’ll extend it credit for now, we won’t shut the door on it. We won’t rule out in advance that the friends of human rights will also be able to triumph in the Arab world.”

There is a lot of talk about Algeria being perceived as a ‘threat’ by Israel. It is not surprising as Algeria has a hostile political stance towards the Zionist State. But Algeria is too far from the Middle East to pose any real threat! So if Al Jazeera is hostile to the Algerian State, does it also mean that their hidden agenda is to support Western plans and provoke chaos in Algeria in order to bring about a more ‘moderate’ regime vis-a-vis the Israeli question? Who knows what that daft Qatari Prince has promised them in return of winning the World Cup bid for 2022. Here’s another quote from haaretz’ article on Lévy’s involvement in the Libyan war:

At the end of May he received a call from one of his contacts in Libya, who asked him to tell “your Israeli friends” that “Libya will not be hostile toward them.”

Levy takes off for Israel the next day and manages to complete his “assignment”: On June 2 he met Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he jointly drafted a statement saying that “the State of Israel hopes that when a new government will arise in Libya, it will advance peace and security for all peoples of the entire region.” The statement was issued after a meeting between the Israeli premier and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. In the meantime, news of the message Levy delivered from the Libyans became public, causing an uproar in the Arab world. The Libyans were forced into a vehement denial – and Levy realized he had made a mistake.

With so many conflicting and converging interests, so many actors at play, it is difficult to make a good reading of the situation. What seems most plausible to me however, is that the West is very good at taking advantage of situations in order to further their own interests in the region. They surely have many scenarios studied which covers all possible outcomes. I don’t believe Al Jazeera is an agent of the West, I just think the West are good at making the most of whatever happens. Same goes for Israel. The only side with a vested interest in regime change are the people of the Arab World, the West and Israel will attempt to work with whoever takes over and will only resort to drastic measures if whoever takes over is not ‘collaborative’ enough. So at the end of the day, the only side with a vested interest in collaborating with Israel and the West are Arab regimes themselves. Which makes their ‘foreign intervention’ ghost story even more pathetic. So on top of wondering what Al Jazeera’s real agenda is for Algeria (assuming there is one that is), I also wonder if we will see the Algerian stance towards Israel soften in the years to come? Wouldn’t the US demand this at some point? I cannot see this not cropping up at some stage, what do we have to bargain with apart from oil and gas?

32 thoughts on “What’s Al Jazeera’s Agenda for Algeria?

  1. Ya Algerianna, raki teketbi bezzaf…. khallina chwiya waqt neqraw les posts précédents :-/
    Bon, je n’ai pas encore pu voir la vidéo, mais j’imagine ce qu’elle contient vu que j’en ai déjà vu quelques unes, notamment une “concoctée” par la chaine Arra’y…
    Tout le monde (journalistique) en est conscient aujourd’hui : devant l’absence d’informations “neutres”, la propagande devient facile. Regarde ce qui se passe en Syrie. Peux-tu affirmer avec exactitude que les infos que tu reçois sont vraies? Jusqu’à quel degré? Il en a été de même pour la Libye… pour l’Iraq auparavant… pour l’Afghanistan aussi. Les médias ne sont plus sous influence, ils sont carrément sous “autorité”.
    Aljazeera ne sert pas les intérets occidentaux, elle est un outil aux mains des dirigeants qataris. Ce sont les dirigeants qataris qui dicteront l’orientation d’Aljazeera. S’ils disent droite ce sera droite et s’ils disent gauche ce sera gauche…
    Aljazeera avant (avant ce “printemps” arabe) était l’objet de nombreuses critiques et au coeur de nombreuses controverses, mais malgré tout, personne ne trouvait à redire à son professionnalisme, c’est à dire à son respect de l’éthique journalistique ou de la déontologie journalistique. Aujourd’hui, elle a perdu sa crédibilité parce qu’elle ne respecte plus cette éthique justement…. en diffusant des informations non vérifiées… elle a même été accusée de “fabriquer” l’info… hada houwa mouchkil Aljazeera al yawm…
    Quand à son “agenda” il est celui de Qatar… un état microscopique, qui veut prendre sa place au coeur du monde arabe. Plus d’Egypte, plus de Lybie, plus de Syrie….. les grands pays arabes qui avaient un poids tombent les uns après les autres… hadi hiya….
    Sinon tu as dit : “But Algeria is too far from the Middle East to pose any real threat! ”
    L’Afghanistan aussi était très loin des USA… l’Algérie fait partie de la région “MENA” désignée ainsi par les marikanes.

    • Ya Oumelkhir,
      Pourquoi Aljazeera est professionnelle est crédible quand il s’agit de reportages sur la bande de Ghaza ? Pourquoi personne n’émet le moindre doute et n’arrête pas de pleurer lorsqu’elle passait en boucle l’image de Mouhammed Edhourra se faire buter par un solda israélien ? Alors quand il s’agit de vidéo de l’enfant Hamza El Khatib par exemple, on nous dit qu’on ne nous dit pas tout.
      Pourquoi quelqu’un qui tombe sous les bombes des israéliens à la bande de Ghaza mérite-t-il plus nos larmes qu’un autre qui crèverait sous les balles des soldats d’al-Assad ? Pourquoi en regardant les images sur la même chaine, dans le premier cas on est certain que c’est la vérité absolue, alors que dans le second on est envahi par tous le doute de la planète et on trouve ça ‘’louche’’ ?
      A souligner que ces mêmes accusations/critiques ont été adressés à Aljazeera par des ‘’juifs extrémistes’’ lorsque Eliyas Karram faisait son intervention en direct lors de la guerre du Liban. Il a été interpelé par une personne qui avait lancée en gros « Aljazeera ment, elle falsifie les images, elle montre un grand nombre de morts en multipliant les images d’un seul mort » !!!!
      Qu’il s’agit d’un coté ou de l’autre, l’esprit de Bnadem en général (heureusement pas tous) accepte que ce qu’il ne le bouscule pas dans ses convictions. Quand on pense que l’autre est méchant et Aljazeera nous le montre comme un méchant Ya3jebna el hal. Mais dans le cas inverse, alors là…on appui sur un bouton spécial pour générer une nouvelle théorie…du complot.

      Sinon je suis d’accord avec toi sur le premier point. Algerianna ay en forme liyamat hadou

      • Aljazeera n’est pas crédible parce qu’elle choisit ce sujet au lieu d’un autre. Aljazeera est crédible lorsqu’elle me montre les faits tels qu’ils sont.
        Par exemple, à Ghazza, les morts avaient des noms, ils étaient identifiés, les gens parlaient à visage découvert, devant les caméras. Ils étaient devant leurs maisons, le journaliste était là aussi et tout le monde comprenait bien où et quand cela se passait.
        Maintenant, l’utilisation des images, la manipulation de l’opinion publique, etc… hadik hadja wahdoukhra…
        Juste au passage, je te signalerai que les images de Mohamed Ad-Doura était le fait de France 2 et de son correspondant Charles Enderlin, qui avec le caméraman étaient sur place, sur le trottoir d’en face. La suite tout le monde la connait….
        Quand à ce qui se passe aujourd’hui, autant pour la Libye, que pour la Syrie, où n’importe où où les journalistes ne peuvent être sur place, les images ne sont pas prises par des “professionnels”. On nous montre des vidéos “bouleversantes” c’est vrai, où lorsque les victimes sont effectivement identifiées comme Hamza Al Khattib, Allah yerrahmou, nous ne pouvons qu’être révoltés… j’ai aussi des enfants et je peux très bien ressentir la douleur des parents. L’histoire des enfants arrêtés par la police à Deraâ (à l’origine de la contestation populaire) m’a révoltée… Au niveau “humain” nous sommes bouleversés, choqués, émus, révoltés… mais à un niveau “journalistique”, dans les rédactions, des journaux, télés ou autres, les regles journalistiques doivent être respectées. Aujourd’hui, Aljazeera tout comme les autres médias, nous présentent les évènements comme ça les arrange, en se basant sur des vidéos diffusées sur youtube, des vidéos, anonymes, des appels téléphoniques anonymes, personne ne sait qui sont ces personnes et pourtant on doit les croire. Les médias “officiels” présentent eux aussi leurs faits, mais eux ils font mieux, ils font parler des gens à visage découvert (tuméfié) qui disent une autre vérité….
        Aljazeera n’est plus crédible parce qu’aujourd’hui, quand elle veut dire quelque chose, mais qu’elle n’a pas l’image, qu’elle n’a pas le témoignage elle prend n’importe quoi… n’est-ce pas qu’on l’a accusée d’avoir présenté des images prises en Irak comme étant filmées en Syrie? C’est pas très “professionnel” pour un grand média professionnel comme Aljazeera, c’est pour cela qu’elle a perdu sa crédibilité… d’où ce questionnement au sujet d’Aljazeera… il ne faut pas être naïf, aucun média n’est “neutre”. Mais faire de l’info (même orientée) est une chose, la fabriquer en est une autre….

        • Aljazeera n’est pas crédible parce qu’elle choisit ce sujet au lieu d’un autre.

          Quand elle a tout le temps choisi l’unique sujet du conflit israelo-palestinien était-elle crédible?

          en se basant sur des vidéos diffusées sur youtube

          Lorsqu’elle a montré le caillassage du bus des joueurs de l’EN, tous les algériens n’avait pas le moindre doute alors que ce sont des images amateurs? Alors que tout les média égyptiens ont fait toute sorte de scénarios (salsat tamatim, we higara min italya we sawe2…) on est exactement dans le même cas des vidéos sur youtube et chacun we 3aqlou…
          Quant au dicta bien fait pour leurs gueules ils ont qu’à faire des médiats “crédible”

          Les médias “officiels” présentent eux aussi leurs faits, mais eux ils font mieux, ils font parler des gens à visage découvert (tuméfié) qui disent une autre vérité….

          Très convainquant l’argument, dès demain je zappe sur Echorror TV …à présent elle n’est plus masqué (derrière un bout de papier)
          en se basant sur des vidéos diffusées sur youtube
          .

    • L’inspiratiou ya Oumelkhir l’inspiratiou! C’est pas un phénomène linéaire, c’est plutôt cyclique: une période avalanche, et une autre la secheresse 🙂 Donc profitiw yal khawa lol

      To reply to your analysis, yes I heard these accusations, what bothers me is the reasoning behind the accusations: I mean it’s almost as if it is Al Jazeera which has been planning all these years since it has started to bring about chaos in the Arab World. It’s as if everything was so fine and dandy and Al Jazeera (helped by Mister Facebook, because the way they speak about Facebook is as if this is a person (an American person of course, or maybe Israeli) making plans against the stability of the Arab World) came along and ‘fooled’ the masses into revolutions.

      The reality is, people have had enough, chaos errupted and social networks and the media had their part of responsibility in fuelling the anger, true, but to blame them for the entire thing is misguided. All Al Jazeera did was take it from there. And where I agree with you is when you say they have not covered all events as ethically as they should have. For example, we never hear about what happens in the Gulf countries from Al Jazeera, we never hear about the Shia issue – it is never represented. In fact, one Shia presenter (Djeddou I think he is called) left the channel following what he claimed was unprofessional coverage of the Syrian insurgency.

      To hear the Shia’s version, one has to switch to Al Manar, which is also a propaganda channel for Hizbullah. It is a shame media in the Arab World are used exclusively as propaganda tools for the different political streams. This needs to change, or the public needs to become more aware of propaganda tactics. It is a problem when the masses are gullible when you have so much propaganda, much of which is obscurantist.

      • I have not verified this but Ghassan Ben Jeddou is from Tunisia. To my knowledge, Tunisia is a majority Sunni country!

        • Pandora

          He has a Tunisian father and a Lebanese mother. Have a look at his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghassan_Ben_Jeddou

          I cannot find the article where one of the commentators said that he follows the Shia faith. In any case, judging from his personal info and his professional history within Al Jazeera, it is likely that he entertains Shia sympathies. It is not a crime of course, but to me it supports accusations of bias on behalf of Al Jazeera. Not just bias, but an outright anti-Shia agenda. It’s a big issue in the Gulf apparently.

  2. My male cousins who frequent cafes (alqhawi)-where very serious “political discussions” take place-have the same views as those presented in the video.
    Arab regimes have a vested interest in feeding conspiracy theories and the people in the street have no problem digesting them. Not so long ago, Aljazeera was hailed as the voice of Palestine and the savior of whatever was left of the so-called “axe of resistance”. But today, it is the virus that the West and Israel are trying to use to destroy the strong very healthy Arab world. I have not watched Aljazeera for over a year, so I cannot really confirm nor refute the claims in the video above. However, I have been reading the Algerian papers and Alfadjr seems to be obsessed with Qatar and the fact that it propagating the agenda of the Al Thani (and the West and Israel) through Aljazeera.
    I do not blame Qatar for what it is doing, there is a huge vacuum left in the Arab world, and this small state is trying to fill it. There is resentment of this small state, which according to our Arab regimes, is punching above its weight. Why don’t these regimes, instead of winging, punch according to their weight and show us how it is done?
    As for Algerian-Israeli relations, I think that Algeria has softened its tone a lot towards Israel. Nowadays, our clever politicians leave it to Louiza Hanoune and the so called opposition to curse the Zionist state and sing music to the ears of the poor angry masses.

    • Very true Pandora, the average Mo in the street is very susceptible to conspiracy theories and they really buy into all the stuff about foreign intervention which is always the official story of all Arab regimes, even though everybody knows that they are the greatest collaborators with the ‘West’ and also Israel but hush the masses need never know this.

      As for Algeria, you know, the Algerian stance wrt the Palestinian issue and Israel is a source of national pride, it was even brought up frequently during the football crisis. I found it so strange when I saw in national TV in one of the 20:00 news bulletins an Algerian journalist going to Ghaza to see who the Ghazans will be siding with during the decisive match in Um Derman LOL! There were supporters brandishing the Palestinian flags together with the ubiquitous Algerian ones. All this to say that Algerians are extremely anti-Israel, much much more than all the Arab World put together perhaps.

      I sometimes wonder what would have happened had we been a neighbour of Israel. I think that a lot of it is to do with the fact that we’re too far and also that we are not subjected to the same kind of pressures Egypt or Jordan for example are subjected to (extreme poverty). We are relatively prosperous so we can afford to take such a stance – who knows what will happen in the future. Perhaps even Al Jazeera will start combatting anti semitism and being politically correct LOL

      • “I think that a lot of it is to do with the fact that we’re too far and also that we are not subjected to the same kind of pressures Egypt or Jordan for example are subjected to (extreme poverty). We are relatively prosperous so we can afford to take such a stance”
        I could not agree more. The poor Egyptians have to deal with the double whammy of not only sharing borders with Israel but an increasing poverty level as well.
        On the issue of Israel, Aljazeera Arabic is very happy to wear its Arab identity on its sleeve and be open about its hostility towards Israel but Aljazeera English on the other hand is a lot more subtle in its coverage of the news. Maybe the English editorial line will have a big influence on the Arabic one in the future.
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    • Yes we do because Boutef said that ‘Nobody is eternal and Al baqa2ou lillah’, so I suppose he means he is not eternal and he will go away. We need the next president to be good friends with Hamad or we can expect Al Jazeera to become even nastier. Oh dear, the other solution is to create an Algerian version of Al Jazeera. I have the giggles just imagining the topics that will be ‘debated’ on it LOL 99,9% about Palestinian issue and how the Arabs are cowards and Algerians are heros.

      • Haha LOL! Are you reading my mind or what? I was just going to suggest having a Channel to curse the Al Thanis and everyone we do not like. We will have to distance our rulers from it though. Louiza Hanoune can have limitless air time to express the anger of the people.
        This thing about Algerians being heroes and other Arabs being cowards is quite serious. Our neighbour, who fought in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, used to tell us-when we were kids: ke les Algerians houma li kanou fi soufouf aloula fi ma3rakat al3oubour te3 Sinai, we les Egyptiens khawafines.
        Some commentators on Echourouk website say “3andha ezzhar Israeel majatesh Jaratna, autrement koun rana klinahoum”
        I don’t know how true this is. But, I have a feeling some of it is a tad exaggerated.
        .

        • But, I have a feeling some of it is a tad exaggerated.

          Pandora, your lack of faith in your compatriots is very disappointing! 🙂

  3. It is always interesting and funny to look back and see how things have evolved in time. I remember when Bouteflika came in 1999, he was bragging about his close friendships with all Gulf Sheikhs and Sheikhas. People then thought that, thanks to these men, oil and gas rich Algeria would become like Qatar or Dubai.
    At the end of the day, most of Gulf countries’ projects in Algeria went kaput (some say blocked by other system’s clans). Bouteflika closed Aljazeera’s office in Algiers, and his friendships are useless. People finally understood that friendships in politics do not exist and “banana” and her husband wouldn’t hesitate to backstab Bouteflika should their interest imply so.

    But back to the topic. I think it is not correct to talk of Aljazeera’s agenda. Aljazeera is a state TV channel which is one of little Qatar’s tools to meet its too big ambitions. So perhaps it makes more sense to ask what Qatar’s agenda is. Qatar’s relationships with Israel are strong on many aspects and it would be good to know how it wants to develop them, esp. in its competition with KSA context. It is also interesting to study how the predominance of Exxon Mobil in Qatar influences this country’s policies.

    Sinon, besides oil and gas, Bouteflika could threaten all those Sheikhs of not letting them hunt the Houbara Bustard in Algerian Sahara 🙂

    • Exxon Mobil is a company like any other company operating in the Middle East. It has transformed this nation from a poor one to the wealthiest nation on earth (if we look at GDP per capita). I do not believe that Exxon Mobil influences anything that Qatar does.
      The Arzew complex for liquefied natural gas was set up with the help of American companies. They have the technology and are leaders in the field. Did they influence Boumediene’s position on the Palestinian issue?
      Besides, I believe that the influence the French have on the Algerian economy and culture is unparalleled. However, they still could not get our rulers to align Algeria with Israel (openly).

      • I don’t think EM is like any other company in Qatar, as I was speaking about this particular state and not the whole Middle-East.
        You compare it to Algeria but I see many differences. Unlike Qatar, we cannot speak of a ruling family in Algeria. And I don’t think executives of the companies working in Algeria pay regular visits to our Sheikh. And we cannot say a specific company is directly linked to the wealth of this ruling family (when other families are awarded other economic sectors such as telco, etc.). And we cannot compare the share the many foreign companies have in Algeria, next to Sonatrach, to the share that very company has in Qatar.
        Then you compare with France. French foreign policy in the Middle-East has nothing to do with America’s. There is this “Arab” tradition inside the Quai d’Orsay which you don’t find within the state department. And DZ/FR past has nothing to do with Qatar/US. et cetera, et cetera…

        But don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying Qatar is only obeying some higher orders. It’s its own interest that made it establish ties with Israel, etc. And for the time being, we’re not in the same situation in Algeria.

    • MnarviDZ
      OK Qatar’s agenda. What do you think it is wrt Algeria then?
      Algeria is only a heavy weight in the Maghreb, it is relatively ‘light’ on the Arab political scene. Don’t remind me of the environmental disaster these looney Arab princes are incurring in Algeria. Makes me mad.

      • I wouldn’t know Algerianna.
        Qatar wants to become the most important Arab state, which seems to be happening as KSA has backed out a little and the other “republics” have been suppressed.
        Algeria, as you say, has been a small player be it next to Egypt in the past or next to Qatar today. But Algeria remains the leader in the Maghreb and perhaps Qatar wants to somebody else (another monarchy)?

        All in all, I think we have more serious stuff to worry about than Qatar’s Algerian agenda.

        • But they have a monarchy in Morocco and it has good relations with Israel and the US. I think that Algeria is not even strong in the maghreb. In fact only Tunisia cares to be a good friend of ours.

        • Hahahahaha Pandora, aya ba3da redditina maneswawsh. We are the leaders in the Maghreb due to our oil and gas, although Libya has more but it is wrecked now. We’re classified as upper medium in terms of GDP per capita. Also, we buy a lot of weapons from Russia apparently and this is not to the liking of some 😉

  4. P.S: It is hard to talk about supremacy in the maghreb as it is very fragmented and no nation cares about the other.

  5. Algerianna,

    I know all of the above facts. But I do not feel it. I was thinking more about influence, about the fact that no matter how hard Algeria tries with the Western Sahara issue, we have not been able to have the influence we once had. Even the previous rulers of Tunisia and Lybia used to side with Morocco on the issue (behind closed doors).

    • Ah yes very true Pandora, the influence we have is in noway proportional to the means we have. It is sad to see that Algeria has yet to fulfil its potential, it is such a waste of resources, human and material. A tragedy.

    • Pandora,
      I think you could look at it differently. Despite Morocco’s powerful lobbies in the US, France and Spain, the support it gets from Gulf monarchies, the support it gets from Maghreb states, it couldn’t manage to make the WS officially Moroccan!

      But I agree Algeria’s influence abroad is nil.

  6. The old arab dictators forgot to take into account a very basic reality : a national TV having “everyhing is ok” as unique news and the speeches of the Zaims as the main political events can only be viable in a closed context before satellites and Internet.
    Al Jazeera would have been only a small channel of a tiny state and not be this very powerful tool in the hands of some Cheikh if the arab state’s TVs were not so apathetic.
    During arab uprisings, I’ve been watching Al Jazeera for hours. I wrote at that time a post on the topic (http://chatnoir.over-blog.net/article-al-jazeera-70259245.html), I found it outrageously biaised. Although, I was (and I am still) a fiery supporter of these uprisings, I don’t like to be taken as a sucker. I watch TV news to be informed not to be mobilized.

    For many reasons, historical, political and economic, the algerians are not at all in the revolutionary mood of the arab countries. The most convenient way for them to explain this without being seen as less courageous than these “tunisian cowards” or “egyptian females” is to claim that all this is an american conspiracy and that we, the courageous and also very smart algerians are the only ones to understand it this way.

    Anyway, back to TV channels, in any context democratic or not, no sensible state would let his citizens’ opinions being shaped by foreign medias for their own agenda. In an open context, the duty of a state is to make its national channels private or public be the number in audience one among its citizens.

    • I agree Qatkhal, resolving the media issue has got to be among the priorities in all Arab countries – not sure if a functionnal democracy is a pre-requisite for this, but some system which is aware of the challenges of this Age of Information would certainly understand the urgency of this. What is to be feared is that Arab regimes will resort to policing the Internet and ‘foreign’ satellites as a way to control the situation and preserve propaganda privileges.

      Even powerful democracies are struggling with this issue and are trying to regain control or rather monopoly of ‘information’. It is worrying to think this might eventually lead to a global police/ surveillance state rather than give a little power back to the people..

    • Merci Mnarvi pour l’artcile, c’est tout à fait ce que je voulais dire.
      Et pour The Matrix : ya khouya, moi ici (je le redis comme je l’ai dit précédemment à Algerianna) je commente à titre personnel, individuel et indépendant. Comme je suppose que ce blog (ou le tien) exprime une opinion personnelle, individuelle et indépendante. Donc, s’il te plait, ne me “coince” pas avec Echoror, ou autre “tendance” que je n’ai jamais déclaré soutenir nulle part… Et j’ai bien aimé la présentation de la journaliste sur son blog “Views expressed on this blog belong to Jillian alone and do not represent her employers, past or present.”.
      Alors au sujet d’Aljazeera, je parle d’un point de vue strictement professionnel. Professionnellement, Aljazeera n’est plus crédible parce qu’elle transgresse les règles du journalisme, qui impose la vérification des sources, l’authentification des documents diffusées, etc… professionnellement c’estc e qui doit se faire. orienter l’info est une chose la fabriquer en est une autre. Donc, ne soyons pas naïfs tous les médias orientent l’info, tous servent une cause et des intérêts lakin, quand le média qui se prétend professionnel “fabrique” les faits, là, il y a danger… On n’est pas dans un match de foot… et mon opinion là-dessus je l’ai exprimée…. là, nous sommes dans une “guerre”. Une vraie , avec tout ce que cela comporte comme morts, destruction, malheurs, etc…. et dans ce cas, il est interdit de jouer avec la vie des gens. De mettre en péril leur présent et leur futur en se disant leur vouloir du bien….
      N.B: au sujet des médias “officiels”, je parlais des médias syriens, certainement pas Echoror, que je ne considère pas comme média ou journal….

  7. Hi everybody.
    I’m an italian student. I’m writing a research about media in Algeria. Can you help me?
    I’d like to understand if television and internet are a vehicle of knowledge for the young people or if they are vehicle of the power. I’d really thank you if you help me to delve into the the theme of the liberty of expression.
    Thank you so much.

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