Algeria – Situation of Khaled Drareni – Q&A from the press briefing (16 September 2020)

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Q: What is France’s reaction to the two-year jail term received by Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, a correspondent for TV4 Monde, at his appeals hearing? He was arrested after covering a “Hirak” student protest in Algiers and tried for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity.”

A: We are aware of this decision. France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of the press and the security of journalists throughout the world. The freedom to inform is a fundamental right that must be protected.