Algeria court upholds jail sentence for journalist who spread ‘false news’

October 12, 2021 By 0 Comments

An Algerian appeals court sentenced journalist Rabah Kareche to six months in prison plus six months suspended on Monday for spreading “false news”.

An Algerian appeals court sentenced journalist Rabah Kareche to six months in prison plus six months suspended on Monday for spreading “false news”.

“We are shocked by this verdict. He didn’t do anything wrong. He simply reported facts,” Zoubida Assoul, his lawyer, said.

Zoubida Assoul said Kareche would be released on Saturday having already served most of the time behind bars.

Kareche of the daily newspaper Liberte was arrested in April after reporting that the Tuareg, a Berber minority who have long complained of economic and social marginalisation, had protested over “expropriation” of their historical lands.

He was sentenced on August 12 to eight months behind bars plus four months suspended, for “spreading false information liable to damage public order”.

He was also accused of posting reports that could trigger “segregation and hatred within society”.

 Credit: rfi.fr