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Mauritania's president must ensure blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed regains his freedom

December 6, 2017 5:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other organizations write to the president of Mauritania urging him to ensure that blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed regains his freedom.

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Mauritanian authorities change legal code, could retry Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

November 20, 2017 4:40 PM ET

New York, November 20, 2017--Mauritanian authorities on November 16 approved an amendment to the country's penal code that could allow courts to retroactively retry freelance blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was convicted of blasphemy in 2014, and potentially re-sentence him to death, the state-owned news agency AMI and...

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Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

October 17, 2017 7:00 PM ET

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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CPJ calls on Mauritania to release blogger who faces death penalty

November 11, 2016 9:10 PM ET

In a joint letter, CPJ calls on Mauritania's President to help secure the release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, also known as Mohamed Ould M'Kaitir. Mauritania's Supreme Court is due to review Mohamed's case on November 15. The blogger faces the death penalty.

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Journalist freed in Turkey, some must-reads for June, RIP Bill Cunningham

July 6, 2016 12:01 PM ET

CPJ Newsletter: July edition CPJ campaigns for Mauritanian blogger CPJ has been working actively, including behind the scenes, to secure the release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, a Mauritanian blogger who has been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy....

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Mauritanian appeals court upholds death sentence for blogger

April 21, 2016 5:39 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2016-- An appeals court in Nouadhibou today upheld the death sentence for Mauritanian blogger and freelance journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was convicted of apostasy in 2014 for an article he wrote, according to news reports....

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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In Mauritania, blogger sentenced to death for apostasy

December 26, 2014 2:06 PM ET

New York, December 26, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the death sentence handed down Wednesday to Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed on apostasy charges in connection to an article he published a year ago....

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Mauritania journalist held in connection with critical article

January 21, 2014 3:26 PM ET

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....

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Attacks on the Press: From Uprisings, Trends to Watch

February 21, 2012 11:20 PM ET

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...

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