Algerian government pulls accreditation of French state news channel
Algerian communications minister says state news channel France 24 showed clear enmity to Algeria in its coverage
Algeria on Sunday revoked the accreditation of a French state-run news channel, claiming the channel has an anti-Algerian bias.
Ammar Belhimer, the communications minister and government spokesperson, told the Algeria official news agency that the decision was made due to France 24's "clear and repeated enmity by the channel towards our country and its institutions."
Belhimer also accused France 24 of failing to respect journalistic rules and ethics, saying it "practices disinformation and manipulation in addition to confirmed hostility against Algeria."
The decision comes just after Algeria's early parliamentary elections on Saturday, which saw tension between those who participated in the polls and those who boycotted them.
France 24 has yet to comment on the decision, but it has previously denied accusations that it is hostile towards Algeria, a North African country with which it shares a contentious colonial past, as well as links through a large Algerian population in France.
In March, the Communications Ministry warned France 24 over its "flagrant bias" in covering protests in Algeria.
In recent months Belhimer has repeatedly accused the French media of hostility and interference in Algeria's domestic affairs.
*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara