A new Algerian satellite TV channel has recently popped up on Nilesat. It is called Ennahar TV (like the newspaper it is affiliated to). It has become increasingly popular! I got curious so I went on youtube and searched for videos from Ennahar TV. It was like people say: people talk ‘freely’ and complain all day long (this is why this channel is appreciated apparently). It is amusing to note that Algerians consider it a novelty that ordinary citizens speak ‘freely’ on Algerian TV (this means criticize the political system). I mean, Algeria has always been freer than all other Arab countries, especially after the October 88 events and even before, when it was common to hear jokes about President Chadli. So I don’t know why Algerians still marvel when somebody comes on Algerian TV (private or public) and starts slagging off the Pouvoir. Not that it means anything of course, because we can all talk to our heart’s content 24/7 and nothing will change. But it annoys me that Algerians seem trapped in post-independence dogma despite 50 years of political turmoil that is richer than in any other Arab country. Why are we like this? Pissing-in-the-sanders.
Going back to Ennahar TV – what I found on youtube is many videos from a very irritating guy called Maidi Abdessalam (see videos below). He goes on and on and on, contradicting himself and making a fool of all Algerians. But why does Ennahar TV make a star out of this guy? Many comments on youtube accused him of being a former DRS agent who was involved in torture activities and was sent on early retirement after a brainwash. Many commentators found him brave, funny and honest. As expected, if/ when private TV will get licensed by the authorities, we will get lots of such nonsense. All the clans of the mysterious Algerian Pouvoir will have their own TV channel(s) and the deadly battles which have gone on for decades might be transferred to TV. I wonder if that would be a less bad thing. Or maybe it will be yet another missed opportunity.