This photo taken on April 2, 2015 shows the harbour of the Algerian capital northwest of Algiers. / AFP / Farouk Batiche
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Stifled by the internet and 24-hour news channels as well as political pressures, Algeria's independent press born only 25 years ago is struggling in a crisis that has already killed off dozens of titles.The sales figures of the remaining 140 daily and weekly papers have slumped, and total circulation of the dailies has declined by 40-60 percent in the past five years, according to a study by Algiers University professor Redouane Boudjemaa."Since the presidential election of 2014, the paper's private advertising revenues have fallen by 60 percent," Belhouchet, who opposed a fourth term for Bouteflika, told AFP.His paper's circulation has fallen to 90,000 from more than 160,000 in 2012, and it has had to hike its cover price by 50 percent in the past three years because of the decline in advertising revenues.
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