Lahcen Tigbadar and Mohamed Slimani, journalists with the Moroccan
weekly Assahra Ousbouiya, returned home on Wednesday, according to news reports.
Algerian police had prevented them from leaving a hotel in Tindouf, where they
had been reporting on conditions facing refugees from Western Sahara, a territory
in dispute between
"We spent rough and frightening days during which we were treated
as if we were terrorists," the Moroccan independent daily Akhbar al-Youm
al-Maghrebia quoted Slimani as saying. In a press conference in Aghadir in
Assahra Ousbouiya said Tigbadar and Slimani had been obstructed despite having obtained press accreditation from Algerian authorities. The Algerian daily Echorouk quoted unidentified Algerian sources as disputing the accreditation claim.
The effective detention of the two Moroccan reporters prompted an outcry from the National Syndicate of the Moroccan Press.
"We condemn the restrictions
that our colleagues were subjected to as they tried to do their job," said
Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and