Representatives of the National People’s Assembly approved by a majority, on Monday, the draft law on the written and electronic press, while the period of experience required for publishing managers at the level of newspapers and websites was set at 8 years.
The Minister of Communication, Mohamed Laqab, explained in his speech after the approval of the two texts that this project aims primarily to promote and support the performance of the national media, as well as to fill the gaps that marred media legislation and give a legal basis for media practice, especially by controlling a set of terminology.
The same minister added that the text aims to control the entities and persons allowed to practice the activity of written and electronic journalism and the conditions related to that, indicating that the adoption of the two texts comes to support the media sector in Algeria.
The competent committee approved a number of amendments to the draft law presented a few days ago by the Minister of Communications, as the committee adopted two amendments related to adopting a requirement of 8 years of experience in the field of media for the publishing official in the written and electronic media.
Representatives of the National People’s Assembly also approved the new wording of the article, which includes granting permission to those wishing to establish media outlets by adopting the term “Furā”.
The Culture, Communication and Tourism Committee studied proposals and amendments to some articles of the draft law on print and electronic journalism, and accepted 6 amendments completely and 5 amendments partially, while 8 other amendments were not adopted.
The Culture, Communication and Tourism Committee also approved other amendments to the text of the law, which included a proposal to replace some terms and replace them with others, in order to ensure accuracy and clarity in meaning, a proposal to add some paragraphs to remove confusion and ambiguity in regulating the activity of the written and electronic press, and a proposal to delete both Articles 10 and 18. 25 of the draft law, proposing to abolish the exclusivity of Algerian citizenship and correct some errors contained in the text of the draft law.
In the coming days, the Minister of Communications is expected to present the texts of the two drafts to the representatives of the National Assembly for discussion and voting on them, before they are published in the Official Gazette.
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