The Committee to Protect Journalists had this statement calling on the release of Algerian journalist Rabah Karèche:
On April 18, judicial police in the southern city of Tamanrasset arrested Karèche, a correspondent for the daily privately owned newspaper Liberté, after he responded to a summons for questioning, according to news reports and a statement by his employer.
At a court hearing in Tamanrasset yesterday, authorities accused the journalist of disseminating “false news harmful to the public order,” undermining national security and unity, and using an electronic account to disseminate “information prone to causing segregation and hatred in society,” according to those sources and local journalist and press freedom advocate Mustapha Bendjama, who is following the case and spoke to CPJ over messaging app.
A judge ordered Karèche to be detained until the investigation into those allegations concludes, according to those sources.
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