Algeria Press Service

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Algeria Press Service
Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC)
Industry News agency
Founded December 1, 1961; 56 years ago (1961-12-01) in Tunis, Tunisia
Headquarters Bouadou Brothers Avenue, Bir Mourad Rais, Algiers, Algeria
Area served
Worldwide
Products News
Owner Government of Algeria
Number of employees
460
Divisions See complete list
Algeria Press Service
Available in
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Current status Available
Website www.aps.dz
Algeria Press Service
Tamazight
Tifinagh ⵜⴰⵡⴰⴽⵍⴰ ⵉⵙⴰⵍⵏ ⵏ ⵍⵣⴰⵢⵔ
Latin Tawakla n Isallen n Dzayer
French
French Algérie Presse Service
Acronym APS

Algeria Press Service (APS; French: Algérie Presse Service; Arabic: وكالـة الأنبــاء الجزائريـة‎; Berber languages: ⵜⴰⵡⴰⴽⵍⴰ ⵉⵙⴰⵍⵏ ⵏ ⵍⵣⴰⵢⵔ) is a news agency based in Algeria. Its first hand-typed news with the national flag's colours was then taken up by all the foreign media of the time.

History[edit]

Algeria Press Service was created on December 1, 1961[1] in Tunis, in the wake of the Algerian War of Independence to be the flagship of the Algerian Revolution and the nation's standard-bearer on the global media scene. As a strong supporter of the November 1954 Revolution, APS settled soon after the cease-fire at the historic Casbah of Algiers, the centre of the resistance during the war. The agency was preparing for the post-war period, i.e. reconstruction of the country, and consolidation of national sovereignty.

Following the Independence, APS headquarters temporarily settled in a maisonette at Krim Belkacem Boulevard in Algiers, improving its editorial office. They began establishing their network throughout the country and acquiring their first technical equipment. With it, the agency began operating as a public service broadcasting network. In the meantime, it started training journalists, technicians and operators.

On April 1, 1963, the agency, which moved to a building at Che Guevara Boulevard where it stayed for over 30 years, began telegraphic news broadcasting. It got connected with other world news agencies. It also extended its network of regional bureaus and invested in its representations abroad. Its expanding photography service at the time enabled APS to distribute images of Algeria's broad reconstruction process, using the Belino System.

On November 19, 1985, APS became an Établissement public à caractère économique et à vocation socio-culturelle.[2] Transformed on April 20, 1991 into an Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC).[3] In January 1993, the agency moved to its new headquarters in Kouba. It became involved in new technologies on January 1, 1994, when it launched its first computerised editorial office. On April 25, 1995, it started delivering its news automatically.

On February 18, 1998, APS inaugurated its official website, having been hosted the previous year by the Research Center in Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST). On July 5, 1998, both of the agency's pages in Arabic and the agency's online product, APS Online, were launched. This marked the starting-point of a new stage that would position the agency among the world leaders of news and communication. In November of the same year, it launched its broadcast via satellite, which would help the agency diversify its service range.

Starting January 1, 2009, APS covers all the Algerian territory.

Divisions[edit]

Regional directorates[edit]

At the regional level, the news is collected by a network of correspondents gathered around 4 regional directorates and covering all of the country:

Regional directorate Based in Affiliated cities
Central Regional Management Blida Tipaza, Boumerdès, Tizi Ouzou, Béjaïa, Bouira, Djelfa, Aïn Defla and Médéa
Eastern Regional Directorate Constantine Batna, Annaba, Skikda, Jijel, Oum El Bouaghi, Tébessa, Souk Ahras, El Taref, Mila, Khenchela, Biskra, Guelma, Sétif, M'Sila and Bordj Bou Arréridj
Western Regional Directorate Oran Tlemcen, Saïda, Sidi Bel Abbès, Mostaganem, Tiaret, Tissemsilt, Aïn Témouchent, Relizane, Mascara and Chlef
Southern Regional Directorate Ouargla Adrar, Tamanrasset, Illizi, Tindouf, Naâma, Laghouat, Béchar, Ghardaïa, El Oued and El Bayadh
Overseas Algiers Washington, Moscow, Paris, London, Brussels, Rome,
Madrid, Cairo, Rabat, Tunis, Amman and Dakar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country profile - Algeria". Journalism Network. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ It means: "Public Institution with Economic missions, endowed with Social and Cultural dimensions".
  3. ^ It means "Public Company with Economic and Commercial aspect".

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