Macron, Algeria and his vision of the media

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To failure to define a clear policy, a fortiori one that breaks with the ecological and social damage of his first five-year term, Emmanuel Macron is trying to lock down his communication. Stop putting pressure on the media.

This is what happened to the researcher Paul Max Morindoctor in political science, associate researcher at Cevipof and author of Youth and the Algerian War (PUF, 2022), after the column he published in The world thursday 1er September, on the return from the President of the Republic’s trip to Algeria.

An extremely rare occurrence in the history of the evening paper, this one, entitled Reducing colonization in Algeria to a “love story” completes Macron’s right-wing on the question of memory.was unpublished during the day by management.

Emmanuel Macron in the Disco Maghreb store in Oran, August 27, 2022. © Photo Ludovic Marin/AFP

The first focus to justify this gesture was this: This text was based on excerpts from quotations which do not correspond to the substance of the declarations of the Head of State. If it can be subject to various interpretations, the sentence “a love story which has its share of tragedy” pronounced by Mr. Macron during the press conference did not specifically evoke colonization, as it was written in the tribune , but the long Franco-Algerian relations. The world apologizes to its readers, as well as to the President of the Republic. »

This approach has drawn much criticism from several politicians and researchers. Economist Thomas Piketty thus tweeted : “Inexplicable and inexcusable censorship by the newspaper The world. We can disagree with the platform, not delete it because it displeases the Elysée. »

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