claim. In an open letter from historians to President Tebbon, the barriers to access to archives and the redistribution of research were eliminated.
“IIn addition to this issue, there are many differences among Algerian historians. Historian Amar Mohand-Amer (Amar Mohand-Amer) faced Algeria’s archives, especially those related to the Liberation War. He did not face the many pitfalls of visiting archives and did not hide it. Own intensification. In early March, he signed with other Algerian historians, including the former chairman of the “May 8, 1945” association Mohamed El Korso and the review director Daho Djerbal. cash, One Open the envelope To President Abdul Majid Tebborn “Open to the National Archives”. These historians wrote: “The moral obligation and state obligation order us to send you this open letter, hoping to solve the problem of overspending by the State Archives of its privileges.” “This situation has been going on for two decades and has no negative impact on historical research and national memory work.”
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What are their requirements?First, “The order applies to the laws of the National Archives Law 88-09 It came into effect on January 26, 1988, without being disturbed by personal interpretations that run counter to the spirit of the National Historical Heritage Archive.” “The worrying thing is that this law has not been enforced at all. ” Africa Point Amar Mohand-Amer, Director of the History and Memory Social Anthropology Department (HistMém) of the Oran National Center for Social and Cultural Anthropology (CRASC) Mohand-Amer, an expert during the independence period of Algeria, explained: “After independence, people really aspire to build a modern country, and the issue of archives is the central issue.” The construction of a modern country requires the organization of archives. , Especially the organization of administrative archives to ensure the normal operation of the country; In addition, since the Liberation War, the Liberation Front has established impressive archives. Since the 1970s, the National Archives has also benefited from various documents of actors prior to 1962. -Amer.
In 2016, there was already another famous historian Fouad Soufi, Rebelled in these respects “In recent years, the complaints and disappointments of historians have increased, including those of journalists. The question remains: How to obtain archival funds? Are we going to wait 250 years or just apply and enforce the 1988 National Archives Act? Regulations? “It turns out that I had the opportunity to learn about the unfortunate experience of an Algerian historian who waited in vain to be authorized to consult the 17th century treaty signed between Algiers and Austria.E In the century, there was nerve contact with the Austrian National Archives! Who would be happy to give him a copy. He was accused of publishing state secrets! just! “, Fouad Soufi testified in the press. “I had to wait for three years before I asked the National Archives to provide documents. They didn’t even answer me. The files have been locked, which is undemocratic. We must not forget that access to archives is also a civic act,” Mohand-Amer emphasized.
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The second requirement of the historian’s open letter is to “end overcoming all bureaucratic obstacles for the most stubborn researchers.” And listed two main points: “The right to use the contents of the communicable document, rather than the document communicated to researchers page by page”, and “The right to copy the communicable funds in any form, because the right is in each All kinds of archives have the right to open courses. They are all over the world.” The historian Mohamed El Korso proved: “In Algeria, we become scribes.” “In mid-March, in order to conduct research, I had to manually copy several documents, because the archives prohibits us from photocopying or using digital media, which is entirely possible abroad. How is this possible? And I have to go to Provence (Aix-en-Provence), free access to the reproducible files that we forbid to publish here! What should students who cannot afford the travel expenses and who hold a visa do? “, testify before launch El Korso:” Here, the files have been piled up!”
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“Today we are in a kind of schizophrenia. We ask the French to provide their files, and then close the Algerian file door. This is not normal”, Declare Amar Mohand-Amer came to the media. Mohamed El Korso emphasized: “Another paradox” is that the authorities attach great importance to history: TV channels will be dedicated to him, and historical programs will be broadcast on public media every day. We have determined that May The date 8 is regarded as the “remembrance day”… But at the same time, we did not provide ourselves with the means to deal with history and memory. “I think the concern is the government’s view of scholars, who are considered intruders. “He supports Mohand Amer. The latter wrote in a recent article Scientific articles : “From the beginning of independence, history has been regarded as an important subject, “sovereignty.” This concept must be understood in its function of legitimizing the power generated by the French anti-colonial war. […]. The past recovery is attributed to the state, its relayers and the close intertwined relationship of the university community. Therefore, academic free negotiation has become a basic issue for researchers and researchers, especially historians. “The liberation of historians and the teaching of any guardianship, politics, memorials, regions, families or other aspects of history will reduce most of the obstacles that hinder Algerian historians from performing their tasks,” l’historian concluded.