Algerian journalist jailed for reporting on anti-govt. protests


An Algeria court sentenced prominent journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in prison after finding him guilty of endangering national security for his coverage on anti-government protests.

Drareni, editor of the news website Casbah Tribune and a correspondent for French station TV5Monde pleaded not guilty, arguing that he’s just doing his job.

Drareni reported on many of the pro-democracy protests that took place in the country over the last two years.

He was arrested on March 29 after he covered the Hirak movement. These protests started in February 2019 with the purpose of rejecting former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to seek a fifth term.

The press freedom campaign group, Reporters Without Borders, had said that if Mr. Drareni were jailed it would be proof of a shift towards authoritarianism in Algeria.

In recent months, prosecutions of political activists and journalists have been stepped up in the North African country. (Source: BBC)