Algeria announces heavy restrictions on online media amid condemnation

Algeria has announced tighter state controls over online media, sparking alarm in the North African country, where a pro-democracy movement is under heightened pressure from the government. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s government, already accused of stifling free speech, this month published a new decree regulating electronic media in the online Official Gazette. Among other things, it will force web-based Algerian media outlets to be based within the country and demand that they inform authorities of any “illegal content”. The new rules aim to combat “the misuse of this type of modern med…

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