Panafrican News Agency

Int'l solidarity campaign mounting for the release of Algerian journalist, Khaled Drareni

Paris, France (PANA) - The international support committee for Algerian journalist, Khaled Drareni, who was sentenced on Monday 10 August by the Sidi M'hamed court in Algiers to three years in prison and fined 50,000 Algerian dinars, decided on Monday to launch a major campaign entitled #WeAreKhaled, PANA learned in Paris.

Bringing together various organizations and personalities, the Support Committee, set up in the aftermath of the verdict, has launched a major international solidarity campaign initially on social networks, which will then be disseminated in the press, banners on public buildings and on all other possible media, worldwide before considering the organization of events in several major cities around the world shortly.

"Faced with the absurd, arbitrary and violent nature of the sentence and in solidarity with Khaled Drareni, a victim of judicial persecution while he was only exercising his right to inform in complete independence, we call on Internet users to replace their profile photo with the visual #WeAreKhaled and to show their support in their news feed," explained the support committee in a statement, a copy of which was sent on Monday to PANA in Paris. 

Khaled Drareni, director of the Kasbah Tribune news website and correspondent for TV5 Monde and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Algeria, is being prosecuted for "inciting unarmed assembly and undermining national unity" for covering the "Hirak" (Berber language movement) demonstrations that have been taking place in Algeria since 16 February 2019 and which demand a change in the political system.

The journalist was also accused during his trial of criticising Algeria's political system on Facebook. 

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