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Mon 6 Aug 2012 12:05 PM

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Algeria protests over anthem slur

UK newspaper article had described 'Kassaman' as one of world's worst anthems

Algeria protests over anthem slur

Algeria has protested against an article in a UK newspaper which proclaimed that its national anthem was one of the worst in the world.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry has objected to an article in The Telegraph which said the Algerian anthem was the fifth worst in the world, and has lodged a complaint with the newspaper’s management.

"[Algeria's] Embassy in London has filed a strongly-worded protest to the editorship of the newspaper,” Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amman Belani was quoted as saying by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The anthem 'Kassaman', which means "We Pledge", was ranked fifth in the list, with North Korea topping the list, which was published on July 26. Ranked second was Uruguay, followed by Greece, Spain, Algeria, Colombia, Iraq, Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The provocative article trifles with Algeria’s glorious struggle for independence which culminated in the revolution in November, 1954,” Algeria’s National Organisation of Martyrs’ Children said in a statement.

As of Monday, the link to the original article at the The Telegraph’s website appeared to have been deleted.

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Jim 8 years ago

Oh yes, be careful, don't say a word, you might get sued! it’s just an opinion, everyone is so touchy... Get over it.

Osman 8 years ago

The west enjoys insulting people, therefore there are two ways to deal with this type of behaviour:

1. Returnt the insult! - In this case, the British anthem (God save the Queen) is not British, it is about saving one person and to hell with the rest of the country.

2. Ignore them! who cares what the west think, make them irrelevent.