The dismissal of Radio Sirta’s director and three other employees at Constantine for playing Lebanese singer Fayroz ‘song has led to chain reactions on social networks. Song is meant to glorify Christianity.
Algerian Internet users have unanimously condemned this reaction, which is considered excessive in Algerian radio management. Journalist-writer Lazari Lobter shared a song on his Facebook page that captured radio station officials’ posts: “The radio station director banned a song written by the great Lebanese singer Feroz from the air. National Radio, Mohammad Begali. A shame. Long live Fairoz with censorship! ”.
Even Dr. Lies Merbet, president of the National Union of Public Health Practitioners (SNPSP), did not hide his frustration. “What about the songs and other religious symbols broadcast by public and private television channels through movies and its documentaries?” He asks himself.
“What do we do with the articles in the constitution that guarantee Algerians’ right to freedom of expression and religious beliefs,” he added.
“Too much! The doctor is upset.” Jameela Bouhired and Feroze, the Lebanese singer who sang the Algerian Revolution, censored in Algeria! “Condemned on Facebook, journalist Arezki Ait Larby, along with his comment with a Lebanese diva song dedicated to Moudzahida Bouhired.
“You can earn a dismissal while playing the Feroze song,” wrote Linda Chauten, a finalist for “Roman des Povchevex” for the 2018 Mohamed Dib Prize.
Saad Salhi, vice president of the Algerian League for Human Rights (LADH), condemned the “scandal”. “Singer Fayrouz has been banned from broadcasting on Radio Constantine for his religion, but there is a whole Algerian Christian community in Algeria, which conducts its worship within the framework of the law,” he noted.
A paradox for some Internet users. “The problem is that Channel 3 (French-speaking radio) broadcasts mass for Catholics every Sunday (cathedral) from Notre Dame de Africa (Algiers). It is impossible to understand anything in this country,” lamented journalist Liazid Khabar.
National Radio Management has not yet commented on the matter. Due to the Lebanese singer Fayroz, he did not confirm or deny the information broadcast on social networks about the dismissal of the CEO of Radio Cirta.