Sweeping Media Reforms in Algeria

The repercussions of the Arab Spring and the role of new media continue. Although unrest in Algeria did not lead to the government being unseated, it appears that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has realised that he is unable to be quite as authoritarian as he once was; the country has passed sweeping media reforms, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel. Television and radio will now be governed by a regulatory authority to be created by a new law.

Controlling the media is often key for regimes to maintain power and it appears that the new media is challenging this hegemony and leaders are having to make big compromises. Yet, despite this, many countries such as Italy, China and Russia are dominated by state sponsored institutions.

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