Algeria arrests leading journalist DrareniReuters | Algiers | Updated: 28-03-2020 16:20 IST | Created: 28-03-2020 15:19 IST
Algerian police arrested Khaled Drareni, a leading journalist, on Friday evening and plan to charge him on Saturday with "attacking the integrity of the national territory", Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom group, said. Drareni was covering protests which shook Algeria for most of last year, forcing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April 2019, before they were suspended over the coronavirus.
The justice ministry has not released a statement. Darren's arrest comes days after the jailing of another prominent opposition leader, Karim Tabou.
The authorities have also jailed many prominent figures including businessmen and senior officials or former senior officials associated with Bouteflika on corruption charges.