“Liberty” newspaper called on the immediate release of the journalist, Rabah Karèche, under the slogan “Journalism is not a crime”; in a statement in which it condemned the Algerian authorities’ detention of its reporter, Karèche.
They charged him with “voluntary publishing of false information that violates public order”; “use of different means that impair security and national unity”; “creation of an online account dedicated to disseminating information that would cause segregation and hatred in society.”
On the other hand, the newspaper criticized the accusations against Karèche and considered them false; as the statement stated: “The charges are false, and strongly conceal the intention to silence the journalist, who is known for his morals and good professional behavior, and to prevent him from performing his work objectively, as shown by his multiple summonses by the security services.”
Moreover, the statement included that Karèche was questioned extensively about an article dealing with a protest organized by citizens of the region who oppose the new regional division; and it was published on the same day that the security services summoned him”.
Lastly, the statement denounced the issuance and implementation of an arrest warrant for the journalist, after he was summoned earlier this Sunday by the police before he was referred to an investigative judge who decided to place him in pretrial detention.
The newspaper also emphasized that this measure targets again freedom of the press.