Algeria ends state broadcast monopoly
by Chris Newbould on Sep 19, 2011

Algeria has passed sweeping media reforms, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel.

The move is part of the president’s political reforms, the Cabinet said in a statement issued at the end of a marathon session.

While Algeria has long had a vigorous print media scene, radio and television were tightly controlled by the state and until recently President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had said the time was not “ripe’’ to liberalize it.