Prominent journalist Khaled Drareni was arrested and transferred to a police station on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued against him on Wednesday March 25th. This was done by the investigating judge at the Court’s indictment chamber in Algiers. Drareni was a correspondent for the global press freedom group Reporters Without Borders as well as being a co-founder of the news website Cashbah Tribune. He was charged with “inciting unarmed assembly” and “attacking the integrity of the national territory” according to his attorneys. His passport and drivers license were reportedly confiscated by authorities.
According to human rights watchdog organization FreedomHouse.org it is common for the government to harass journalists by arresting and charging them for covering controversial subjects.