Algerian authorities are being criticised following a decision to block the internet aimed at preventing widespread cheating by high school students who are writing their Baccalaureate examinations.
Civil society organisations and the media say the internet blockage is affecting other sectors of the economy.
31 suspects have been identified in the leaked exams scandal by Algeria’s Education ministry.
Questions of the 2016 Baccalaureate had been leaked on social media earlier this month.
Critics of the Algerian government however think the ban might just be a test of future actions the authorities intend to take during upcoming elections.