Africa

Algeria profile

  • 21 June 2016
  • From the section Africa
Algerian TV viewers Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption State TV faces competition from satellite networks

The government exercises broad control over the media. Until 2014, a state monopoly forced private satellite TVs to operate from outside Algeria.

Four private channels are now authorised: Dzair TV, El Djazairia TV, Ennahar TV and Echourouk TV. No opposition-leaning TV stations broadcast from Algerian soil.

State TV and radio report favourably on the president and the government, avoiding criticism or dissenting views.

There is a lively private press. However, the withdrawal of advertising, under government pressure, at titles critical of the government has "played a role in the muzzling of free media", says Reporters Without Borders.

Arabic-language newspapers attract a larger readership, while French-language titles are preferred among the educated elite.

There were nearly 8 million internet users by 2016 (InternetLiveStats.com).

A cyber-crime law gives the authorities the right to block websites deemed "contrary to public order or decency".

Facebook use is on the rise. The most popular accounts are run by politicians, government officials, writers and footballers.

The press

El Khabar - (The News) private, Arabic daily

Echourouk - (The Sunrise) private, Arabic daily; website has English-language pages

Le Quotidien d'Oran - private, French-language daily

El Moudjahid - (The Freedom Fighter) state-run, French-language daily; website has English-language pages

Ech Chaab - (The People) state-run, Arabic daily

El Watan - (The Homeland) private, French language daily

Le Soir d'Algerie - private, French-language daily

Liberte - private, French-language

La Tribune - private, French-language

Algerian Press Portal - press directory

Television

Etablissement Public de Television (EPTV) - state-run

Echourouk TV - private, based in Algiers, via satellite

Ennahar TV - private, based in Algiers, via satellite

El Djazairia TV - private, via satellite

Dzair TV - private, via satellite

BRTV - Berber, via satellite from France

Radio

Radio Algerienne - state-run, operates Arabic, Berber and French networks and local stations

News agencies/internet

Algerian Press Service (APS) - state-run agency

Algerie Focus - news site, in French

Tout Sur l'Algerie - news site, in French

Algeria Channel - news aggregator, in Arabic

Tamurt - Berber news site