Algerian online activist's jail term cut to one year

An activist with Algeria’s Hirak protest movement had a three-year prison sentence for publishing online memes mocking authorities and religion reduced to one year on appeal, his lawyer said Sunday. With time already served, Walid Kechida, 25, was set to leave custody later in the day. Kechida was sentenced on January 4 to three years’ prison for insulting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and “offending the precepts” of Islam in memes published on Facebook and in other online posts. Having appealed the sentence by a court in Algeria’s northeastern Setif province, one of his lawyers, Fouad Betka,…

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