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Spotlight: Algeria | Free Expression & the Law

Journalist gets two years in prison for Facebook poem

Police arrested Mohamed Tamalt, a freelance journalist with dual Algerian and British nationality, near his parents’ house in Algiers. On June 28, they brought him before the First Instance Court of Sidi Mhamed in Algiers, where an investigative judge ordered his detention for “offending the president” and “defaming a public authority” under articles 144bis and 146 of the penal code.

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Independent journalism under threat in Algeria

Algerian media outlets KBC TV and the El Watan newspaper were both victims of police operations on 23 June. In both cases, the authorities said the media outlets lacked the necessary permits. They gave the same grounds five days ago when seals were placed on the studios used to record the KBC programme Ki hna Ki enass, which employs 70 people.

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