Jailed journalist Mohamed Tamalt dies in coma

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A British-Algerian journalist has died after being on hunger strike in protest against his arrest and two-year jail term, which put him in a coma, according to his lawyer. Mohamed Tamalt was convicted in an Algerian court of "defaming a public authority" and "offending" Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a poem he posted on Facebook. "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," Amine Sidhoum, Tamalt's lawyer, wrote on Facebook on Sunday. Tamalt, 42, died of a lung infection while in a coma. Before his arrest, he ran a blog and was a freelance journalist based in London.

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