Star Academy banned in Algeria

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Algeria's national TV channel has decided to take Star Academy, the Lebanese remake of France's show of the same name and the equivalent to American Idol, off the air. According the newspaper El Watan, this effort at banning the show was led by the president of the Islamist party MSP, Bouguerra Soltani, but ultimately was the initiative of President Bouteflika. The reason: the show was deemed "offensive to national identity and the values of our society."

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,