Algerian journalist Rabah Karèche was released on Tuesday after serving his sentence. He had been jailed for publishing articles about protests in the Algerian Sahara, a sensitive region for power.
The journalist and correspondent for the daily Liberté in Tamanrasset, in southern Algeria, has just been released from prison and has been able to join his family and friends who were waiting for him after spending six months in prison simply for doing his job. It has enjoyed wide support from journalists around the world, and from NGOs.
Rabah Karèche said in a video on his release from prison that “a new page was opening” for him after having spent his six months firm. The journalist remains prosecuted for six more months on borrowed time.
On April 19, he was placed under arrest warrant after having covered demonstrations of Tuaregs in Tamanrasset, region of southern Algeria against the new territorial division.
The subject is sensitive in Algeria, especially since the Algerian power exercises a total blackout in this southern region whose inhabitants are marginalized, and live in less favorable conditions than the inhabitants of the north of the country, with cuts. repetitive electricity, and drinking water only available during certain hours of the day …
The Algerian power intends to block the demonstrations in this rebel region to avoid arousing the demands of the inhabitants. For his report on the demonstrations, the new territorial division and the denunciations of land expropriation and the theft of mineral and gas wealth, Rabah Karèche was sentenced for serious acts.
In fact, he was convicted of “publishing false information” which could “undermine national unity and state security” and “inciting hatred in society”. Prior to his conviction, Mr. Karèche had spent 114 days in pre-trial detention.