Algerian journalist's prison sentence reduced

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Tue, 15 Sep 2020 Source: bbc.com

An Algerian journalist convicted of undermining national unity has had his prison sentence reduced to two years on appeal.

Khaled Drareni was originally sentenced to three years in jail - he's been detained since March.

He runs a news website and is also a correspondent for French TV5 Monde.

He was arrested after reporting on a demonstration by the Algerian anti-government protest movement known as the Hirak.

The popular protests forced long-time President Abdelaziz Boutelika to quit last year.

Drareni's lawyers, fellow journalists and supporters say he's been punished for doing his job.

Source: bbc.com

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