Algiers – Press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has denounced Algeria’s arrest since June of a freelance journalist and fixer as “100 days too many” and demanded his release.
Said Chitour, who has worked for the BBC and the Washington Post among others, has been held without trial since intelligence services arrested him at Algiers airport on June 5, RSF said.
“The request for his release that his lawyer filed at the end of July has been rejected. No trial date has so far been set,” the watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday.
“One hundred days of provisional detention are 100 days too many, 100 days of incomprehension and injustice, because there are no grounds for keeping Said Chitour in prison,” it said.
RSF said it was “appalled” by his continued detention in the Algerian capital’s El Harrach prison.
“When provisional detention is extended without any reason and…