Jailed journalist dies after hunger strike

jailed-journalistFrom AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – AN Algerian journalist arrested for insulting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died after a hunger strike since June.
British-Algerian journalist Mohamed Tamalt had been staging a hunger strike in Algiers over his two-year sentence for posts on his social media pages, that included a video he shared showing Bouteflika greeting former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a poem with insulting verses about Bouteflika.
The First Instance Court of Sidi M’Hamed in Algiers sentenced him to two years in prison, upheld on appeal, for “offending the president” and “defaming a public authority” under articles 144 and 146 of the penal code.
He had been in a coma since August and had been hospitalized in Algiers.
Human rights advocate, Sarah Leah Whitson, said authorities’ prosecution of Tamalt symbolized authorities’ determination to punish peaceful dissent.
“It is tragic that a journalist in Algeria died on a hunger strike protesting his unjust imprisonment.”

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