Algeria
Algeria-Spain relations over Western Sahara Algeria to suspend friendship treaty, imports from Spain over Western Sahara

Spain, a former colonial power, decided to recognize to support Morocco’s position on Western Sahara earlier this year going against its long-held stance of backing a UN-led referendum to decide the status of the territory

Algerian civil servants to go on strike on April 26

The workers will protest the rising prices of essential goods and commodities, as well as the gradually deteriorating economic and social situation in the country

Prisoners freed Algeria Over 1,000 prisoners pardoned in Algeria, including many Hirak protesters

According to media reports, the clemency orders issued on Sunday included the Hirak activists released from pre-trial detention last week on a provisional basis

Hirak activists freed in Algeria Over 50 Hirak movement activists freed in Algeria

Several commentators and social media users in Algeria have noted that the release coincides with the visit of a high-ranking US official and likely took placedue to politically motivated reasons

Algeria Fethi Ghares Algerian left leader Fethi Ghares leaves prison after court reduces sentence on appeal

Ghares was convicted on charges of insulting the president and harming national unity. He was sentenced to two years in prison in January

Khaled Drareni Algeria Algerian court awards six-month suspended sentence to journalist Khaled Drareni

The independent journalist was arrested in March 2020 and charged with various serious offenses while he was covering the anti-establishment Hirak protests in Algeria

Algeria sentences leftist opposition leader Fethi Ghares to two years in prison

Ghares was arrested and placed in pre-trial detention last year in July after police raided and searched his home

Algeria gas supply Algeria terminates contract to supply gas to Europe via Morocco

The decision by Algeria has worsened the already fraught diplomatic relations between the two countries. It also raises concerns about gas shortage and energy price rise in Europe, with predictions of high demand during the cold winter months

Algeria recalls envoy to France, closes airspace to French military planes

The Algerian government’s actions come following comments by French president Emmanuel Macron, which the government said amounts to foreign interference in its internal affairs

Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan planes as relations continue to deteriorate

Relations between the two countries have been souring for the last couple of years. One month before closing the airspace, diplomatic ties between the countries had been terminated

Algerian journalist Mohamed Moulouj placed in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges

Mohamed Mouloudj faces charges such as spreading false news, harming national unity, and belonging to a terrorist group. The authorities also arrested several prominent civil society figures, including academics, journalists and a Hirak activist  

In Algeria, journalists face mounting repression for reporting on people’s struggles

A number of journalists critical of the government have been arrested and sentenced to prison terms. Algeria’s rank in the World Press Freedom rankings published annually by Reporters Without Borders has also slipped to 146 out of 180 countries, down 27 places since 2015