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Police officers are seen in Algiers, Algeria, on March 6, 2020. Three newspaper staffers were recently arrested over a report on the coronavirus pandemic in Algeria. (Reuters/Ramzi Boudina)

Three newspaper staffers charged with ‘attack on national unity’ over COVID-19 report in Algeria

On April 1, 2020, officers of Algeria’s National Gendarmerie arrested three employees of the privately owned Essawt El-Akhar daily newspaper and interrogated them about a story the paper published that day about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports and Abdelrahman Saleh, the employees’ lawyer, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app.

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