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Mauritania journalist held in connection with critical article

New York, January 21, 2014--Authorities in Mauritania should drop charges against a journalist who has been detained since January 2, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed has been held in connection with an article he wrote that was deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Muhammad.

Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia

Attacks on the Press: From Uprisings, Trends to Watch

Photographers take cover during November protests in Tahrir Square. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

The Middle East's political shifts changed conditions for journalists dramatically. The emerging trends favor free expression, but are filled with ambiguity and depend on the political configurations to emerge after the revolutionary dust has settled. By Mohamed Abdel Dayem

Alerts   |   Mauritania

In Mauritania, Moroccan journalist expelled

New York, December 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Mauritanian authorities' Wednesday decision to expel a Moroccan journalist from the country. The Mauritanian government gave no reason for their decision.

December 23, 2011 2:34 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Syria

Syria cracks down on press; attacks in Libya, elsewhere

Syrians shout slogans in support of protesters in Deraa. (Reuters)

New York, March 28, 2011--Facing the nationwide spread of political unrest, Syrian authorities barred three Reuters journalists from reporting, blocked journalistic access to a hotbed of political dissent, censored a critical satellite station, and detained a political blogger. The widespread repression in Syria came on the same weekend that Libyan security agents forcibly barred a woman in Tripoli from giving journalists her account of being raped and abused by militiamen loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi. Attacks on the press were also reported in Iraq, Mauritania, and Jordan.

March 28, 2011 4:39 PM ET

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Mauritanian editor gets second prison term on same charge

New York, February 8, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by a second prison sentence given to Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the online publication Taqadoumy, and calls on the Mauritanian judiciary to reverse the verdict on appeal. 

February 8, 2010 4:59 PM ET

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Letters   |   Mauritania

Mauritanian journalist still being held after prison term ends

Dear Mr. President, The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to protest the continued detention and relentless campaign of persecution against Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the online news site Taqadoumy, who has been imprisoned since June.

January 20, 2010 5:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mauritania

Prison term completed, Mauritanian editor still jailed

New York, January 5, 2010—Mauritanian authorities should immediately release an editor who has served his prison term in its entirety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The refusal to free Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the online publication Taqadoumy, appears to be unlawful and reflective of the politically motivated nature of the case.

January 5, 2010 4:04 PM ET

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Mauritanian editor jailed for violating 'decent behavior'

New York, August 24, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Mauritanian court's decision to sentence an online editor to six months in prison.
August 24, 2009 3:40 PM ET

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