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Journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni imprisoned in Algeria

March 27, 2020 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 27, 2020 -- Algerian authorities should drop all charges against journalist Khaled Drareni and release him from prison immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ demands Algeria release journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni

March 9, 2020 12:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2020 -- Algerian authorities should immediately release journalist and press freedom advocate Khaled Drareni, a correspondent for global press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who has been in custody since March 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Algeria sentences cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to 3 months in prison

December 19, 2019 11:30 AM ET

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019 -- A court in Oran, in northwest Algeria, sentenced cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to one year in prison on December 11 after finding him guilty of insulting the president, “violating territorial integrity,” and “disseminating publications harmful to national security,” according to news reports. The Djamal...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering unrest and elections in Algeria

December 3, 2019 11:41 AM ET

Protests are taking place across Algeria ahead of a presidential election that is scheduled to take place on December 12, according to reports. The December vote comes after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who stepped down from power after 20 years of rule amid widespread protests at the...

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Algeria arrests fifth journalist amid anti-government protests

October 23, 2019 3:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 23, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Algerian authorities to release Bendjama Mustapha, editor-in-chief of Le Provincial, and end the harassment of journalists covering anti-government protests....

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Algeria detains three journalists who covered protests, alleged corruption

October 17, 2019 1:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2019--Algerian authorities should immediately release journalists Said Boudour, Abdelmoundji Kheladi, and Adel Azeb Chikh from pretrial detention and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Algerian authorities arrest freelance journalist Sofiane Merakchi

September 27, 2019 3:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2019 -- Algerian authorities should immediately release journalist Sofiane Merakchi and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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More online news blocked as Algeria protests near 6 month mark

August 14, 2019 4:30 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2019—Access to at least five independent local news websites has been interrupted in Algeria as protesters demand political reform for the fifth consecutive month....

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Two news websites inaccessible in Algeria amid protests, social media shutdowns

June 17, 2019 4:06 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2019 -- Independent news websites Tout Sur l'Algérie and Algérie Part have been widely inaccessible within Algeria since June 12, according to local journalists and news reports. The apparently targeted disruption took place amid anti-government protests that have been ongoing for nearly four months, and...

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Algerian state broadcaster suspends two journalists amid reporters' sit-ins

June 12, 2019 10:16 AM ET

In April and May 2019, Algeria's Public Establishment of Television, the state broadcaster, suspended at least two television journalists who sought to cover protests in the country, according to journalists who spoke to CPJ and news reports....

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