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Canada Algeria: the lawyers of journalist Khaled Drareni appeal in cassation

01:20  24 september  2020
01:20  24 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The journalist Khaled Drareni was convicted after reporting on the Hirak protest movement, which forced the removal of the country’s longtime ruler Khaled Drareni at a protest in Algiers, Algeria , in March. Mr. Drareni was convicted of “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni was jailed for two years on appeal Tuesday, a defence lawyer said, in a case seen as a "We are outraged by the blind stubbornness of the Algerian judges who have just condemned ( Drareni ) to 2 years in prison," RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire

Des avocats du journaliste algérien Khaled Drareni annoncent le 23 septembre 2020 à Alger un pourvoi en cassation après sa condamnation en appel à deux ans de prison © RYAD KRAMDI Lawyers for Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni announce on September 23, 2020 in Algiers an appeal in cassation after his conviction on appeal to two years in prison

The lawyers of jailed Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has become the symbol of the fight for press freedom in Algeria, announced on Wednesday that he had lodged an appeal after his conviction to two years in prison.

"Khaled Drareni wants to go to cassation because he does not accept his conviction in the name of morals and ethics," said lawyer Zoubida Assoul, during a press conference of the journalist's support committee in Algiers.

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An Algerian court is to begin hearing an appeal Tuesday by journalist Khaled Drareni against a Rallies demanding the release of jailed Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni have been held in Algeris, Paris and Tunis making his appeal Signatories include academics, lawyers and fellow journalists

An Algerian court has sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal , reducing his original sentence, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. One of Drareni 's lawyers , Abdelghani Badi, told reporters that Tuesday's sentence is "excessive and reflects

"We have seized the Court of Cassation. I would like the government to return to the path it is taking because it leads to more pressure and totalitarianism", added his colleague, Me Abdelghani Badi.

Jailed for nearly six months, Mr. Drareni, 40, was sentenced on appeal on September 15 to two years in prison for "inciting unarmed assembly" and "undermining national unity".

The severity of the sentence triggered indignation and anger in Algeria and beyond its borders.

Khaled Drareni is the founder of the Casbah Tribune news site, and the correspondent in Algeria for the French-language channel TV5 Monde and for Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

He was arrested after covering a student demonstration in Algiers on March 7, as part of the "Hirak", the peaceful protest movement born in February 2019 out of an immense fed up with Algerians who demanded a profound change in the "system" in place since independence in 1962.

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ALGIERS, Algeria — An Algerian prosecutor on Tuesday sought a four-year sentence in the high-profile appeals trial of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni , more than the original term handed down a month ago that has been criticized for ignoring press freedoms. The prosecutor also asked the court

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni received a two-year prison term at his appeal hearing on Tuesday, in a trial rights groups have called a test of press The Algerian judiciary has stepped up prosecutions and convictions of journalists , activists, political opponents and bloggers in recent months.

He is also accused of having criticized on Facebook "the corruption and money" of the political system.

In addition, the Minister of Communication Ammar Belhimer, spokesman for the government, accuses him of having worked without ever having had a professional press card, against a background of allegations of being in the service of "foreign embassies" .

"If it is accreditation that poses a problem in power, is it rational for a journalist to be imprisoned because he does not have accreditation from the Ministry of Communication? 'accreditation can lead to an accusation of undermining national unity? ”asked Me Badi on Wednesday.

During the appeal trial, Khaled Drareni dismissed the charges against him. "I only did my job," he pleaded.

The journalist's support committees demand his "immediate and" unconditional "release because of his" particularly worrying "state of health, according to RSF

Algeria is in 146th place (out of 180) in the world freedom rankings of the 2020 press prepared by RSF.

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