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Morocco - Algeria media war

 

The media war between the Moroccan and the Algerian press is nothing new. However, recent articles published in some Algerian newspapers have crossed the line of responsible journalistic professionalism and ethics. In fact, a recent  article published by the Algerian daily l’expression and titled “Drame au Maroc -11 morts et 40 blessés lors d’un concer”t <http://www.lexpressiondz.com/article/2/2009-05-25/64066.html> was of bad taste and outright mean spirited.

In its article, l’expression used an unfortunate incident that killed almost a dozen innocent people including the elderly to launch a malicious attack against not only the Moroccan government but also the Moroccan society in general. The “journalist” Fouad Irnatene writes “le Royaume chérifien compte de nouveau ses morts. Cette mort absurde de Marocains est due à des problèmes internes” implying that the “Mawazine” concert episode was some what related to internal problems in Morocco. Unfortunately, this non sense reporting is a typical news and political analysis that shows up on a regular basis in a variety of news outlet close to the Algerian anti-Moroccan lobby.
 
The venoms nature of such news items only inflames the raw Moroccan-Algerian relationship that already suffers from a cold spill. It is ironic that the mentioned story came out during the same week an Algerian armed group attacked several targets in the east Algerian region of Boumerdes. Not to compare the safety state of affairs in the two countries or abuse the misfortunes of the Algerian dead civilians and military personnel, the security conditions in   Algeria is much more critical and shaky at best compared to its neighbors. Mr. Fouad Irnatene must be in the Lala land of dreams and science fiction.I            
 
Other News outlets that regularly cook up fictional stories about the life, daily conditions, and political and security conditions in  Morocco are the Arabic dailies Annahar and echorouk. On different occasions the Annahar news papers have accused the Moroccan special services of being behind all and any calamity that happens in Algeria. In an article published on 03/25/2009 <http://www.echoroukonline.com/eng/index.php?news=5547>, echorouk accused Morocco of “exporting Death to the Algerians” by purposely smuggling drugs and weapons into Algeria. The daily goes on to accuse Morocco of covertly working with the Israeli secret service the “Mossad” to destroy the Palestinians by smuggling Hashish to Algeria: Hard to follow logic and absurd theories.
 
Such shabby journalistic work discredits the well established independent media in Algeria. The Echourouk and l’expression journalists portray the Algerian press as amateurish and unreliable, dishonoring the memory of several Algerian media heroes who died in the line of duty reporting about the real issues of concern to the Algerians. Beside the few rags that report rubbish stories as mentioned, Algeria has a vibrant independent press that is the envy of others in region. Actually, few courageous Algerian journalists had denounced these inaccurate and piousness writings of some of their colleagues. The Mafia in Algiers that benefits from the ongoing Moroccan-Algerian conflict over the Western Sahara is the only one that profits form such corrupt behaviors.
 
It is the oldest trick in the book: Report on unsavory stories of your neighbor, so you look good to your people. Clearly, in Algeria few news outlets that pretend to be independent are working with the Mafias that have been exploiting and fleecing the Algerians of their riches. Moroccans and Algerians do not need some second class Algerian newspaper to read about social issues bedeviling the Moroccan society. All they need is open a true Moroccan independent newspaper.  Drugs, corruption, crime, nepotism are few of the subjects that are treated on a daily basis on the columns of Moroccan news paper. Interestingly enough the same issues are treated by the serious independent news media in Algeria as the average Algerians suffer from similar social ailments as their neighbors to the west.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hmimarmad
+1 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warHmimarmad 2009-06-11 08:35
I like to tell these "journalists". "I do not see Alicia Keys or Stevie Wonder hanging out in Tizi ouzou, it would be too risky, Don't hold a grudge because Morocco is more successfully run, The mediocre in Morocco is considered best in Algeria and you have your generals to thank ". "In Morocco innocent people die because of stupid fence, in Algeria they die because of bombs."
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Moroccan Algerian
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warMoroccan Algerian 2009-06-12 03:20
Do not forget that the Moroccan national TV channels see Algeria only as a country of explosions and terrorists groups. They never shed light on the positive sides of the Algerian society.I am Moroccan,but I love Algeria.It's my second homeland.
regards
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Alain
0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warAlain 2009-06-12 04:03
Hmimarmad wrote: "The mediocre in Morocco is considered best in Algeria".

Please tell me how you came to such a conclusion. Is is simply a feeling you have towards your neighbours or is it based on facts?
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casawi
+1 #4 barakacasawi 2009-06-12 06:18
Moroccan media is more professional than the algerian one??
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Hmimarmad
0 #5 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warHmimarmad 2009-06-12 09:27
Thank you for your good question. My feeling toward the Algerian people is the same as the one towards my Moroccan brothers and sisters. I cannot say the same when it comes to the Algerian Government. Morocco has been trying to resolve the problem with Algeria for decades now, but unfortunately our begging is falling on death ears. Morocco under the new monarch has been trying everything possible to turn the page; Algeria in return does not want to have anything to do with any conflict resolution.
They are subjecting the people of Algeria, Morocco, and the Sahraouis to leave apart even though they are well aware that in the globalized world, we can no longer afford to be apart. A good example is Europe, they brought in Romania one of the poorest countries in Europe, because they are well aware that a successful Romania can only benefit Europe.
Algeria sees the opening the borders as a good deal for Morocco only, that’s the old mentality that is preventing the people of the Maghreb from uniting.
This is simply one the many examples out there, as you may or may not see, my feeling is more about the lost opportunities that the Algerian Government is wasting for their own people and for the people of the Maghreb in general, Most of us in this generation will die without ever see ourselves united. I would hope that those guys can finally realize that we need to turn the page and we need to move forward. We can no longer afford to let other countries to take advantage of our disagreement and that is what I mean by being mediocre.
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mazagan
-1 #6 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warmazagan 2009-06-12 11:04
To give credit to Algerian papers, they do report on Morocco, with the funny word Makhzen omnipresent, it reminds me of my grandmother’s vocabulary. There is a keen and genuine interest in the Moroccan affairs. Some of the reporting is shoddy, and provocative but generally it is honest and objective, especially Al Watan. They seem to have a decent knowledge of Morocco.
Quite the contrary, with the Moroccan media, Algeria is mentioned only in the following contexts:
- The Sahara, the United Nations and the Algerian delegation.
- The eventual judo or the hand ball team from Ghardaia that will play Berrechid.
- The killing of gendarmes by Islamic terrorists.
What an awful reduction of a country that is supposed to be our alter ego, our sister nation!
-Why is there no interest in Algeria?
-Is the Moroccan media educated enough about our great neighbor to the East?
- Are they just staying in line with official talking points?
- Why such ignorance and indifference?
It is a great country with great people, their development affects ours; they ought to be a lot to report on.
The contempt shown by our media cannot be healthy; they usually talk about Algeria as if it was some distant Azerbaijan. Consequently for the average Moroccans West of the Oriental, Algeria does not exist. The public does not get a fair and comprehensive image of our brethren to East. That could only widen the divide created between both people.
We need to start showing that we can be our brother’s keeper and display some genuine care and interest.

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hmimou
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warhmimou 2009-06-13 13:31
Hmimarmad in that case let the Sahraouis have their land independant from you then we all bring them to us to work with us in awhole as Europe,bcause Europe did not take romania from romaniens...ple ase clear yourself..also your king is only thinking about himself not about the people nor the regions....
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Hmimarmad
+1 #8 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warHmimarmad 2009-06-14 06:07
Hmimou,
When the pro Algeria folks speak of the Sahara to make their case, they go after the king of Morocco because Algeria and their puppets the Polisario decided to go after the king and not the people of Morocco, thinking they could shake the stability of Morocco. they were wrong. This is not about the king, it is about Moroccan people, the utmost majority of Moroccans support the king in his endeavor when it comes to the Sahara. Probably the only thing that Moroccans agree on is that the Sahara is Moroccan and not Algerian and will always be Moroccan. Hopefully one day you get the luxury of living among your brothers and sisters in Morocco without Algeria's interference. Good Luck!
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BerberMan
+1 #9 No country for nomadic peopleBerberMan 2009-06-15 11:34
Do you know why people don't die because of bombs in Morocco? The country has always been ruled by Moroccans. Is it the same for Algeria? No, they have always been ruled by Moroccan dynasties, Ottomans and the french.
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benham
0 #10 Mbenham 2009-06-16 01:02
WHAT I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT ALL THES COMMENTS , ALL THIS STORY NOT SERIOUS .WHY ? BECAUSE WE SPEND TIME TO WRITE TO COMMENT on IT , I CAN'T UNDERSTAND REALY WHY THE ALGERIANS CONSIDER THE MOROCCANS LIK ENEMY? . WE SHOULD LOOKING FOR THE FULL PEAce BETWEEN US= TWO NEIGHBORS .because the world iT's going in this way , we lost more than 30 years in this wrong story ,we should think about the future for our children our nation and our African countries .
sincerely
benham
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ben driss
+1 #11 histoire et compléxité psyben driss 2009-06-16 02:20
le vrai problème entre le maroc et l'algerie c'est cette derniere est née dans les années 60 tandi que le maroc est né il ya 12 siécle .
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Mostefa
0 #12 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warMostefa 2009-06-16 02:46
Talking about “crossing the line of responsible journalistic professionalism and ethics” just take a look at what “Aujourd’hui.ma ” is writing and you will see! Much better do some comparison between Al-Watan and any Moroccan newspaper!
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Nory
0 #13 Does not matterNory 2009-06-16 11:36
When the Algerians got nothing to do or to say about Morocco they start writing anything and nothing. Morocco is the best, we all know the Algerian internal problems.
just do the comparison yourself. Morocco is safer, more developed, more educated, more clean. who wants to go to a Algeria, the unsafe and risky country? even the big companies do not want to invest in Algeria, do you get it? but hold on, wait few years and you will see how the station in Algeria will be worst than it is now.
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LAHMAMI
0 #14 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warLAHMAMI 2009-06-21 13:10
To those who think they are more professionals than our "Algeriens press" we do not have just AlWatan look for yourselves
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Freedom
0 #15 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco - Algeria media warFreedom 2009-06-24 11:16
Its a well known fact that both Algeria and Morocco are part of the 3rd world. When people in this forum come here and talk about how bad things in Algeria, how Algerians live in misery and how they are a bunch of terrorists....e tc. Two Points, First, since we are such bad place, why is it that your Government at all levels is begging for Algeria to re-open the borders? That's what i don't get, if Algerians are sooooo bad, leave them live in their misery and stop asking for the borders to be open. Second, Algeria might have its problems but at least we are not a heaven to the European Pedophiles. I do have a great deal of respect to Morocco, its people and its king but come on, enough is enough, Morocco is not Switzerland and neither is Algeria.
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Djamel
0 #16 To NoriDjamel 2009-06-24 21:39
Nori wrote: "Morocco is safer, more developed, more educated, more clean."

While I agree with the safer bit, the rest is pure nonsense and you know it. In fact Morocco is renown for its illiteracy rates; make sure you look it up and don't take my word for it.

As a matter of fact Algeria scores better than Morocco in all aspects, from life expectancy, literacy and infant mortality rates all the way to GDP per Capita.

In the human development index, Algeria is number 100, while Morocco is number 127, well behind the likes of Vietnam and Botswana, in fact you guys are much better off living in Palestine.

These are all facts that you can verify and not simple wishful thinking.
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mazagan
0 #17 Divided we are falling behind!mazagan 2009-06-25 09:25
Djamel,

I read few of your posts and I think you're a reasonable man. To be classified in the PNUD 100 or 127 out of 179 is still an embarrassment for our region. For Algiers to be the worst city in the world to live in, 139 out of 140(ahead of Harare, Zimbabwe tying up with Dacca, Bangladesh),is another embarrassment for the region as a whole.
We got to elevate the debate my brother...let's try and avoid sterile insults.
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Beznas M
+1 #18 Split Algeria betwen Morocco and TunisiaBeznas M 2009-06-30 03:39
Algeria never existed as a sovereign country. It was either ruled from Morocco or Tunisia. I think Morocco and Tunisia should split Algeria and call it a day.
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Joxatoni
+2 #19 Stupid double faced terrorist AlgeriansJoxatoni 2010-11-11 14:34
It is unarguable that the Algerians with their lousy traitorous politics over the western Sahara to be in the wrong all the way. Let them rot in their misery and their problems, screw those cunts, the Polisario shitt will never ever see the day where they can have a republic, they have been invented by the traitor Algerians, and throughout history we know who ruled, the Moroccans did, it's in their blood and history to be warriors and leaders kicking ass to the Algerian Poossies.... get it Algerians, we will always kick yer Assses no matter what you say or think, nothing will change the fact that Moroccans homa siadkom ya al hamir!! Allh yenaalkom ya al khawana!!
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mhand
+3 #20 mrmhand 2011-01-02 00:15
I would like to say that both medias are not responsible and not free to reports on the real issues conserning algeria and morocco, they are goverments ownd media, we in algeria do not recongnise the governement, its unelected establishement, they have slautered 200,000 algerian people, they create trouble with morocco to hide their crimes, but sooner or later they will be punished, and for morocco its same, they have no democracie, most of the people have no basic rights, so you can see our common problemes, surely that will bennefit europe as whole, the only salvation from this two dictatorship is to have democracie, one day inchalah, we algerian and moroccons are of the same blood and every body knows that, so lets unite to make good futur to both countries, and we must never hate each each other, let consantrate to change our governments, and we will be fine for the future. thankyou all
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Aminaa
+1 #21 RE: Morocco - Algeria media warAminaa 2012-10-12 18:27
Quoting BerberMan:
Do you know why people don't die because of bombs in Morocco? The country has always been ruled by Moroccans. Is it the same for Algeria? No, they have always been ruled by Moroccan dynasties, Ottomans and the french.

You're right, Algeria has no history or culture. It has been for under Moroccan Dynasties for over 600 years, then went under the power of Othmaniyoun (Turkish), then France for over 120 years, wow!
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Aminaa
+1 #22 I always avoid algerian peopleAminaa 2012-10-12 18:45
Quoting Freedom:
Its a well known fact that both Algeria and Morocco are part of the 3rd world. When people in this forum come here and talk about how bad things in Algeria, how Algerians live in misery and how they are a bunch of terrorists....etc. Two Points, First, since we are such bad place, why is it that your Government at all levels is begging for Algeria to re-open the borders? That's what i don't get, if Algerians are sooooo bad, leave them live in their misery and stop asking for the borders to be open. Second, Algeria might have its problems but at least we are not a heaven to the European Pedophiles. I do have a great deal of respect to Morocco, its people and its king but come on, enough is enough, Morocco is not Switzerland and neither is Algeria.


lol you make me smile, first I have to say that I always avoid algerian people because they sound confused, untrue, jealous and they are very backward in comparison with Moroccan people. Just see how many Moroccans are surfing in your little algerian news sites? None except Wjada (Oujdis) who most of them are half Moroccan and half Algerian and they are stuck between us. See here how many of you (I mean you algerians, in every Moroccan site or Forum) are present and interested in our country? Oh my! so many of you, I can't count you anymore. So why this obsession by Moroccans, why are you so jealous of Moroccans? Well I can understand there is a big difference between us since being Moroccan is HISTORY, CULTURE, PRIDE and being algerian is a mistake. Sorry about that but this is the truth. Regarding the pedophiles issue, you have worse than pedophily, but the problem is you hide your mess, and you spend all your time talking about your neighbours until one day, what you hide will be transformed into a bomb, and explodes just in front of your eyes, same thing that happened to your sad country in the 90s with the horrible civil war. Your rubbish government were more interested in attacking Morocco and King Hassan II, than facing its own people's issues as poverty, lack of education and oppression, and what happened then, you still remember? You started to kill savagely each other. So good luck for the future, you'll need it. A country without history as Algeria, can never compare itself with a great country as MOROCCO!
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Aminaa
+1 #23 I always avoid algerian peopleAminaa 2012-10-12 19:20
Quoting hmimou:
Hmimarmad in that case let the Sahraouis have their land independant from you then we all bring them to us to work with us in awhole as Europe,bcause Europe did not take romania from romaniens...please clear yourself..also your king is only thinking about himself not about the people nor the regions....

Just a reminder for the little algerians, : http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/news/long-way-to-go-before-the-middle-east-is-an-ideal-place-to-live_8992
check this link and see in what misery your country live, and in what planet your journalists live who attack Morocco instead of addressing the misery issue of their sad country. The article says "Teheran, Tripoli and Algiers are among the world’s worst cities to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit which recently released the 2012 edition of its annual Liveability Report. Both the Libyan and the Algeria n capital suffered heavily in last year’s ranking.". According to the world ranking, you come after Dhaka, Bangladesh, so is there anything more shameful than that reality that we MOROCCANS already know. In Morocco, we say "when you buy an algerian, always pay the price he WORTHS, but when it comes to sell him, always ask for the price that the algerian THINKS he worths!".
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