The Audiovisual Regulatory Authority called for avoiding “value judgments,” which are issued, especially through social media, about the “My Country’s Heritage” program broadcast by Samira TV channel, and “and the confusion and controversy it has caused.”
And it stated in a statement today that the authority followed up on what was left of the program and “the confusion and controversy it caused on the level of social networking sites,” which took “dangerous dimensions and interpretations that are not related to our cultural and civilizational values.”
Against this background, the authority “re-watched the program and recorded its objective observations. In turn, the director of Samira TV channel submitted to the authority, to present a presentation of the program and what was raised about it, as she confirmed that the program did not intend to offend and discriminate through the scenes of the black-skinned young man presenting tea in the program.” Evidence that the program had previously shown another young man with white skin serving tea, and this was not interpreted as offending any group of society.”
And the statement continued, that the authority “noted that these interpretations and readings, which were based on the semiology of the image, were made in a selective manner, giving importance to scenes without others without relying on scientific data, which are often established by specialists and experts, not pioneers of social media platforms.”
The Audiovisual Control Authority affirmed that it “carries out its duties within the framework of the law, and works to accompany the national audiovisual production that contributes to the promotion of the diverse Algerian culture and its traditions, and is keen to encourage creativity in light of responsibility to ensure respect for humanitarian principles in public morals, as well as to consecrate the principle of freedom of expression.” Which is undoubtedly reinforced by the new legal framework, which is under preparation.
Finally, the authority calls for “the avoidance of value judgments, which are issued especially through social media, and are often emotional, but more than that, false and misleading that feed discrimination between members of the same society, and harm professionalism in the audio-visual field.”