ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT ORDERS CYBER-CAFES TO SHUT BY MIDNIGHT

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The Algerian Government has ordered all Algerian cyber-cafes to close by midnight. This is despite the fact that a great deal of cyber-café use happens after this time. This follows the issuance of Executive Decree n°05-268 of 25 July this year which specifies opening hours of between 8am-midnight. Cyber-cafes are classified as "places of entertainment". Those disobeying the decree would face a suspension of activity of not more than six months. It is unclear why cyber-cafes should be regarded as "places of entertainment" or why the Government has taken it upon itself to micro-manage Algeria's 5,000 cyber-cafes in this way.

La Tribune