ALGIERS - President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday commended the professionalism of journalists involved in the process of preparing the referendum on the Constitutional revision, adding that "our media are perfectly capable of becoming experts in professionalism and ethics, compared to media in certain countries," which make press freedom an "empty slogan."
"I would like to highly commend the professionalism of journalists involved in the process of preparing the referendum on the constitutional revision, in particular through the use of electronic media and social networks to cover the various stages of this important and crucial national milestone, leading to the building of a new Algeria," said President Tebboune in a message to the occasion of National Press Day, celebrated on October 22 of each year.
The President of the Republic reaffirmed the State's commitment to "guarantee freedom of the press and expression, within the framework of the laws in force and the ethics to which journalists must instinctively comply with, during the accomplishment of their noble mission.”
"We have perceived, with great satisfaction, the quality and the credibility of the services offered by the Algerian media, through the use of electronic sites and social networks for the real-time dissemination information and the immediate interest granted to the referendum matter," added the President of the Republic.
"Our media are perfectly in a position to become experts in professionalism and ethics, compared to media in some countries that claim leadership in press freedom, but in reality make it just an empty slogan to serve the conspiracy schemes of lobbies hostile to Algeria, which will always remain invincible ".
For President Tebboune, "these vile practices tarnish the television channels which ignore professional ethics and human rights, notably the rights of women and children, in order to spit their venom in our country, by spreading fake-news, especially on the occasion of major events in the history of new Algeria, like the referendum on the draft constitutional revision."