A church in Algeria has been closed down by local authorities because it had been used to "illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism". According to World Watch Monitor, police said the church doesn't have state approval. The church is affiliated with the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA in French), which is recognised by the state. Rev Mahmoud Haddad President of the EPA responded: "Firstly, this community is indeed affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria, which has been officially recognised by the government since 1974 and is accredited with both the Ministry of the Interior and the local government. "Also there is no printing activity of Gospels or Christian publications inside these premises."