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Algerian journalists sent to jail
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Mr Bouteflika does not take kindly to criticism
The editor and a reporter on Algerian newspaper Le Soir d'Algerie, have been sentenced to up to six-months in jail on charges of defaming the president.

A cartoonist on the Liberte newspaper, was also sentenced to six-months in prison for mocking army officers.

All have indicated they will appeal. The rulings are the latest in a series of cases which have been criticised by international media watchdogs.

They say the government is using defamation law to control the press.

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