Algeria: appeal by journalist Drareni postponed

To 25/3, convicted for article on protest movement demonstration

25 February, 16:07

    Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni

    ALGIERS - The Algerian Supreme Court has postponed the appeal in Cassation Court by journalist Khaled Drareni until 25 March, said the website Casbah Tribune and Drareni's attorney.

    Drareni became a symbol of the fight for freedom of the press after he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last September for having written about a demonstration by the protest movement.

    Drareni was released from prison on 19 February as part of a pardon decreed by the head of state in favour of 60 prisoners of opinion crimes, in a gesture of peacemaking.

    The journalist is the director of the news website Casbah Tribune and a French-language correspondent for TV5 Monde.

    He was found guilty last September of "incitement to an unarmed rally" and of "danger for national unity".

    He was also accused of having criticised on Facebook the "corruption" of the political system.

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