Algeria canceled the accreditation of France 24 due to a “clear and repeated hostility towards our country and its institutions”, the country’s communication ministry said on Sunday.

Iran Press/Africa: The move was due to the satellite news channel's "clear and repeated hostility towards our country and its institutions", the ministry and government spokesman Ammar Belhimer said.

The outlet said authorities had given the channel a final warning on March 13, over its "coverage of Friday marches" of the long-running Hirak anti-government protest movement.

In a statement on Sunday, FRANCE 24 said it was "surprised not to have received any explanation" for the move, stressing that "we cover Algerian news transparently, independently and honestly, as is the case with all countries we cover".

Both foreign and local journalists in Algeria often face bureaucratic and unclear procedures to obtain permission to work.