Algerian newspapers’ mottos


Algerian writer and current minister of communication, Hamid Grine, finally joined Twitter a few weeks ago. His first tweets announced the death of 86 yo Boualem Bessaih who had just been appointed personal representative of 79 yo Bouteflika. Bassaih was also a writer (I liked his “De l’émir Abdelkader à l’imam Chamyl” book) and a former minister of communication (1980 to 1984) hence Grine’s mention.
And exactly like most, not to say all, Algerian politicians (the few who use Twitter), Grine’s twitter account is not very active with so far only 23 tweets and following 21 twitter accounts. These accounts show that his world is restricted to Algeria (not all of it) and France.

dz_newspapersBut this low activity makes it easy to go through his tweets and this is how I found the one where he stated that only 21 Algerian daily newspapers had circulations of more than 10,000 copies per day.

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Pour Nihal


Two weeks ago, Nihal Si Mohand, a little girl from the Ait-Abdelouahab village in Tizi-Ouzou, disappeared and couldn’t be found after several days spent by the population and gendarmerie looking for her. Until yesterday as the the gendarmerie unfortunately confirmed her death after they ran DNA tests on human remains they found earlier. May she rest in peace.

Nihal can now be added to an already long list of child abduction/murder victims, some of whom have been found alive or dead while others’ fate is still unknown. This new episode, followed by many Algerians, stirred up many reactions on social networks and also by so-called journalists in the media, many of which were indecent.

Below is a contribution by our regular anonymous reader who wrote this post a few months ago.

Paix à son âme, et paix aux âmes de tous les autres.

Nihal s’en est allée. Arrachée cruellement à la vie et à ses parents. Si je pouvais les consoler, je leur dirai qu’elle a déjà tout oublié, là où elle est. Qu’elle affiche encore son si beau sourire. Mais ses parents sont inconsolables. Leur douleur Continue reading

La méthode algérienne?


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Hier, et suite à la tuerie de Nice en France, un journaliste algérien, rédacteur en chef de l’édition du week-end d’El Watan, a publié le statut ci-contre sur son compte Facebook. Il y fait l’apologie d’une certaine méthode algérienne de lutte contre le terrorisme et dit son soutien à 200% à Athmane Tartag qui a dirigé le CPMI lors de la décennie noire et qui a toujours un rôle important dans l’appareil du pouvoir du quatrième mandat. J’ai réagi à ce message sur Twitter comme l’ont fait d’autres TwittoDZ. Il s’en est trouvé aussi pour le soutenir.

Mais j’ai tendance, du fait de mon impatience, à limiter mes réactions sur Twitter pour ne pas m’étaler sur N tweets (limitation à 140 caractères par tweet). Et c’est pour celà que je fais ce post. Continue reading

PoF Leak: Kamel Daoud, contre-enquête


Faisant suite à une demande pas si massive de pas grand monde, je vous propose une traduction en langue française du billet PoF Leak: The Kamel Daoud Investigation. Vous pourrez ensuite consulter les commentaires déjà publiés sur les deux billets précédents.
J’ai cherché un traducteur en vain et je dois donc le faire moi-même. J’essaie de faire attention mais je vous prierais de pardonner les éventuelles absences d’accent et les mauvaises concordances des temps. J’ai depuis longtemps perdu l’habitude d’écrire la France à moins que je ne sois un précurseur de la nouvelle langue française. Voici donc l’article.

Vous avez été nombreux à avoir entendu parler des articles écrits par le journaliste et écrivain algérien Kamel Daoud et ayant lien avec ce qui est désormais appelé “les agressions de Cologne”. Les habitués du blog devinent mon désaccord avec le chroniqueur. Je me suis en effet satisfait de quelques commentaires sur Twitter et je n’ai pas senti la nécessité de leur dédier un billet. Beaucoup de monde l’a fait avec des articles plus ou moins intelligents. Celui-ci fait partie des meilleurs, à mon avis, et le reste peut aisément être trouvé grâce à Google. Continue reading

PoF Leak: The Kamel Daoud Investigation


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Many among you have probably heard of or read the articles written by Algerian journalist and writer Kamel Daoud as a comment/analysis of last year’s “Cologne attacks”. The regular readers of Patriots on Fire probably know that I disagree with Daoud. I made some short comments on Twitter but didn’t have enough will to blog about the whole issue. Add that many have reacted with more or less sensible articles. This one being among the best I’ve read and Google will help you find many more.
The story could have ended with the letters exchanged between Daoud and Adam Shatz and Daoud’s announcement that he would quit journalism to dedicate himself to literature. But it didn’t. Other letters are indeed being sent and Daoud’s supporters are writing to defend him, etc. Have fun people!

Then you probably wonder why I am writing. Continue reading

Mohamed Lazouni


Lazouni1Rab Dzair, one of Algeria’s fabricated myths fell a few weeks ago when Bouteflika, or whoever is deciding in his name, dismissed General Toufik. More pictures and even a video footage of the head of the DRS finally emerged and people got to know how the man looked (I am not speaking of the old images). The myth fell once more with Toufik’s short letter in the press showing his helplessness.

But today’s post is not about this once invisible man. It is about another police officer who became famous in the 80s because of his activities and also because of his invisibility. I am of course speaking of Mohamed Lazouni, aka الشّرطي المخفي (Shorti Makhfi – the invisible/hidden cop) who, let’s admit it, unlike General Toufik, brings back good memories and didn’t harm the Algerian people. Continue reading

Yonamare!


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More than a year ago, a movement called Barakat was created to protest against Bouteflika’s fourth term. Here I have to say that I hadn’t believed in this movement which failed to gather the people around it. Anyway, the movement’s members demonstrated a few times in Algiers and the police was always there to stop/arrest them. At that time, Ennahar newspaper and TV campaigned for the sick man who’s become the country’s president for the fourth time and had therefore been very harsh on Barakat. As can be expected from media which lack professionalism and deontology (let’s be clear, this is not specific to Ennahar), Ennahar used all means to discredit the movement (cf. this video on Amira Bouraoui) and, as an information outlet, never protested against the fact this movement and other Algerian opponents were denied their right to demonstrate and were faced with violent police forces. Continue reading

When is the right time to say things?


Yet again Algeria has been hit by another violent episode with nine soldiers (according to the Algerian military) ambushed by AQIM in Ain Defla province. It happened during Eid-ul-Fitr days and about 10 days after 22 citizens had been killed by God knows who and for God knows what reasons in Ghardaia. These two deadly events have raised many reactions and comments on social networks.

I will build this post by going through some of the comments I read today. Continue reading

Poll: I love the new TV channels!


A few weeks ago, during the In Amenas hostages crisis, audiences of foreign TV channels witnessed something very rare. These channels showed images provided by an Algerian TV channel, Ennahar TV. The private Algerian TV was the only to provide images of the gas plant, the Algerian military forces, etc.

The foreign public may not realise it but this is quite new to us Algerians.
Two years ago, the Algerian government agreed to let Algerian private operators create their TV channels. And like with many topics, the minister’s statement hasn’t been followed by the legislation, and the few private TV channels we have still transmit from outside the country. Continue reading

Links: Algerian Female Bloggers


I have shared in a previous post a list of the Algerian English blogs I knew. Today I am going to share links to another category, blogs owned by Algerian women. And as this category is bigger than the blogs written in English, I will only give links to the blogs I follow.

So here they are with no particular order.

Salima Ghezali is an Algerian journalist and you can read her editorials here. She doesn’t really have a blog but I am mentioning her because I consider her weekly audio editorials on Medi1 Radio as blog posts.

Ghania Mouffok is also Continue reading