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Algeria to examine decriminalization of press offenses

04-29-2011 09:03 BJT

ALGIERS, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Algerian Minister of Communication Nacer Mehal said on Thursday that the government will examine lifting criminalization on press offenses, in accordance with the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to amend the press code.

"The bill on the decriminalization of press offenses will be presented Monday to the Council of Ministers, on the eve of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3)," Mehal said at a press conference at the headquarters of state-run local newspaper El Moudjahed.

Bouteflika announced in a speech to the nation on April 15, the new Law on Information "will introduce a code of ethics and will complement the existing legislation, particularly through the decriminalization of press offenses."

Mehal mentioned that such a move aims at "calming down" the situation, but further specified that "press offenses will be still subject to fines."


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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