The Algerian authorities say they have decided to temporarily freeze the activities of the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera in the country.
By Paul Wood
BBC Middle East correspondent
The international pressure group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders), say since February the accreditation of a number of foreign journalists, or Algerians working for foreign news outlets has been held up.
Al-Jazeera broadcast criticism of Bouteflika
This may be the first time for more than 10 years that a foreign television channel in Algeria has been stopped from covering the news in this way.
The authorities there already operate a restricted visa policy for foreign journalists and have been involved in a conflict with the domestic, privately owned press.
That has been going on for months.
On 30 June, the Culture and Communications Ministry told al-Jazeera's correspondent in Algiers that his activities were frozen until further notice.
The official reason given was that a re-organisation of the work of foreign correspondents is in progress.
The pressure group, Reporters Without Borders says, however, that the measure was really taken in reprisal for a broadcast the previous week of a debate on the political situation in Algeria.
During that debate opposition figures openly criticised Algerian generals and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's national reconciliation policy.
Last month, journalists in Algeria set up a committee to press for the release of colleagues jailed recently in what they describe as a government campaign to silence dissenting voices.
One newspaper editor was imprisoned for two years accused of financial improprieties, while a correspondent received a two month prison sentence for the defamation of a retired general.
Commenting on press freedoms in Algeria, an editorial in the Arab language daily, El-Khabar, wrote that journalists have been caught red handed committing the crime of writing.