An Algerian court has sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in prison after reporting on the latest wave of protests in which he was arrested along with several activists who, like him, were also convicted on Monday.
Prosecutors accused Drareni, director of the Casbah Tribune portal and TV5 Monde correspondent, of “endangering national unity” and “instigating meetings” after reporting on the demonstrations, the DPA reports. He asked for four years in prison, according to Tout sur l’Algerie.
Eventually the court sentenced him to three years in prison and fined 50,000 dinars – half the amount requested by the public ministry – while activists Samir Benlarbi and Slimane Hamitouche received two years in prison. According to a defense attorney.
Christophe Deloire, general secretary of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an organization Drareni has also worked with, complained on Twitter about the verdict, which he viewed as “arbitrary, absurd and violent”. He believes that this “clearly” constitutes “prosecution of a journalist who is the honor of his country”.