Algerian newspaper editor ends week-long hunger strike

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Hadda Hazem, the director of the Algerian El Fadjr newspaper has ended her week-long hunger strike in a bid to save her institution after governmental ads were suspended due to political reasons.

During a gathering of journalists and activists in solidarity with Hazem, the Algerian media veteran called for ending the monopoly of governmental advertisements and said she decided to end her hunger strike in response to her doctors’ requests.

According to data published by the ministry of information in 2015, the advertisement market in Algeria between the state and the private sector is worth around $200 mln per year.

Authorities said these numbers decreased by 65 percent during 2015 and 2016 due to the collapse of oil revenues.

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