Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison

MENA Solidarity Network

Picture: Zoheir Aberkane via Facebook

By Shelagh Smith

An Algerian court on August 10 sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in jail. Drareni was charged with “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity” based on his Facebook posts. He had been detained since March awaiting trial. This harsh verdict is being widely condemned by Algerian and international human rights organizations. Drareni’s lawyers and supporters have launched a call for an international mobilisation to release the journalist who has become a symbol for the struggle for freedom of the press in Algeria.

Khaled Drareni is the director of the Casbah Tribune, the correspondent of the French TV5 Monde channel and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Algeria. He has been targeted for his coverage of the Hirak protest movement which began in February 2019 to demand the resignation of president Bouteflika, and which continued every week to demand political reforms…

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