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World Algeria: the lawyers of journalist Khaled Drareni seized the Court of Cassation

13:05  24 september  2020
13:05  24 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A prominent Algerian journalist was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for reporting on anti-government demonstrations, a lawyer and a human rights official said. It’s the latest sign of a hardening crackdown on the press in Algeria , one that has drawn condemnation from international observers.

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni received a three-year prison term Monday, a lawyer said, in a The Algerian judiciary has stepped up prosecutions and convictions of journalists , Hirak activists, political opponents Algerian court grants release of anti-government protest leader Karim Tabbou.

Le journaliste algérien Khaled Drareni porté en triomphe le 6 mars 2020 lors d'une manifestation anti-gouvernementale. © RYAD KRAMDI / AFP Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni carried in triumph on March 6, 2020 during an anti-government demonstration.

Khaled Drareni, who has been imprisoned for nearly six months, has become the symbol of the fight for press freedom in the country. Founder of the Casbah TribuneIl news site, he is also the correspondent in Algeria for the French-speaking channel TV5 Monde and for Reporters Without Borders. Last week, he was sentenced on appeal to two years in prison for "inciting unarmed assembly" and "undermining national unity". The severity of the sentence sparked outrage in the country.

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