Algerian blogger jailed over Facebook poem dies

A British-Algerian journalist died Sunday after having staged a hunger strike to protest a two-year jail term for offending Algeria’s president in a poem posted online, his lawyer said.

“I can confirm the death of the journalist Mohamed Tamalt in Bab el-Oued hospital after a hunger strike of more than three months and a three-month coma” that followed, Amine Sidhoum said on Facebook.

The prison service, in a statement said Tamalt had died of a lung infection for which he was receiving treatment since it was detected on December 4.

Tamalt, a dual national, launched the hunger strike in protest after his arrest near his parents’ house in the capital Algiers on June 27.

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