The government exercises broad control over the media. Until 2014, a state monopoly forced private satellite TVs to operate from outside Algeria.
Four private channels are now authorised: Dzair TV, El Djazairia TV, Ennahar TV and Echourouk TV. No opposition-leaning TV stations broadcast from Algerian soil.
State TV and radio report favourably on the president and the government, avoiding criticism or dissenting views.
There is a lively private press. However, the withdrawal of advertising, under government pressure, at titles critical of the government has "played a role in the muzzling of free media", says Reporters Without Borders.
Arabic-language newspapers attract a larger readership, while French-language titles are preferred among the educated elite.
There were nearly 8 million internet users by 2016 (InternetLiveStats.com).
A cyber-crime law gives the authorities the right to block websites deemed "contrary to public order or decency".
Facebook use is on the rise. The most popular accounts are run by politicians, government officials, writers and footballers.
El Khabar - (The News) private, Arabic daily
Echourouk - (The Sunrise) private, Arabic daily; website has English-language pages
Le Quotidien d'Oran - private, French-language daily
El Moudjahid - (The Freedom Fighter) state-run, French-language daily; website has English-language pages
Ech Chaab - (The People) state-run, Arabic daily
El Watan - (The Homeland) private, French language daily
Le Soir d'Algerie - private, French-language daily
Liberte - private, French-language
La Tribune - private, French-language
Algerian Press Portal - press directory
Etablissement Public de Television (EPTV) - state-run
Echourouk TV - private, based in Algiers, via satellite
Ennahar TV - private, based in Algiers, via satellite
El Djazairia TV - private, via satellite
Dzair TV - private, via satellite
BRTV - Berber, via satellite from France
Radio Algerienne - state-run, operates Arabic, Berber and French networks and local stations
Algerian Press Service (APS) - state-run agency
Algerie Focus - news site, in French
Tout Sur l'Algerie - news site, in French
Algeria Channel - news aggregator, in Arabic
Tamurt - Berber news site