In Algeria, a television closed for scenes deemed “immoral”
The audiovisual policeman Algeria announced on Tuesday November 15 that it had decided to close “immediately and permanently” private television after the broadcast of a program containing scenes judged “immoral”. The Audiovisual Regulatory Authority (ARAV) specified that it had “noted violations of professional ethics by the Al Adjwaa TV channel”in a statement released by the official APS agency.
These “offences” are “mainly linked to the non-respect of the specificities of Algerian society, as well as attacks on public morals, through the dissemination of immoral content and scenes contrary to societal values”added the audiovisual constable.
According to local media, El Adjwaa TV broadcast an American film on Sunday evening containing scenes deemed “immoral”. These sequences, showing a man and a woman almost completely naked in the middle of lovemaking, have been widely commented on on social networks.
The private general-interest channel, which broadcast from London, admitted on its Facebook page to having committed “a flagrant mistake” and apologized to her viewers and to all the Algerians to whom she made her “farewell”.
In June 2021, the ARAV temporarily suspended the private channel El Hayet TV following a lively historical controversy over the Emir Abdelkader, hero of the resistance against colonial France.
In 2012, a law put an end to fifty years of State monopoly on the audiovisual sector. More than fifty private television channels have since been created, but only six of them, under foreign law, have received provisional approval to open studios in Algeria.
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