Algerian journalist’s prison sentence reduced

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Ahmed Rouaba BBC News

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.