French Media Watch Organization Ends Controversial Algeria Tour

Published June 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A delegation from the French organization, Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) on Friday wound up a six-day visit to Algeria dogged by controversy. 

The RSF delegation was accused during its visit of aligning itself with political parties in Algeria that defend the Islamist cause. 

"I apologies if it has been interpreted that RSF concentrated more on violence by the state than on violence by armed Islamic groups. In our minds there was never any question of double standards." Robert Menard, secretary-general of RSF, said. 

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the barbarity of the Islamic groups," he added. 

The visit, which began on June 24th, came after Algeria's leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika invited international human rights organizations to visit the country. 

The delegation was welcomed by some media organizations during the trip but shunned by others for its perceived bias. 

Around 100 people working in the Algerian media, 60 of them journalists, were murdered in the country between 1993 and 1996 – ALGIERS (AFP) 

 

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