The new multimedia tools (blogs, Facebook, Dailymotion...) don't seem to have posed much of a threat to traditional media in Algeria.
At least, this is not according to Fayçal Métaoui, former editor-in-chief of the El Watan
daily and manager of the paper's website. The high cost of computers, electricity, and high speed connections are just some of the reasons for this, says Métaoui. The Arab Press Network asked him a few questions... APN: Is there a blogging community in Algeria?
There isn't really a blogging community yet, or at least not in the sense that we normally use the term. Certainly, the number of people starting up their own blogs increases every day. I would guess the number of bloggers to be - and this is by no means a definite number - about 100,000. Not all Algerian homes have high speed Internet and the cost of access is still high relative to the average salary. Most bloggers are young students, artists, unemployed university graduates, or managers.
Read the rest of the questions and answers here