Mauritania / Middle East & North Africa

Journalists attacked in Mauritania since 1992

  

Ten years after the Arab Spring, the region’s media faces grave threats. Here are the top press freedom trends

In early February 2011, Alaa Abdelfattah was in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, documenting and participating in the nascent pro-democracy uprising that would topple the government and transform the country and the region. Today, he is in prison on anti-state and false news charges, which his family believes are partly retaliatory for his work. Abdelfattah is one of…

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A woman casts her vote in Mauritania's referendum in August 2017. Journalists reporting critically on the referendum and the government face harassment. (STR/AFP)

Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania’s five privately owned news stations to shut down for “failing to fulfil their financial agreements” with the country’s broadcast regulator, local media reported.

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