1 April 2008

Mauritania: Journalist Released After Being Detained for a Week

press release

Mohamed Salem Ould Mohamed, reporter with Assiraj, an Arabic language newspaper, was on March 31, 2008, released by the Mauritanian Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after being held incommunicado since his arrest on March 25, 2008.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that despite being detained for a week no charges have been filed against the journalist.

Mohamed was arrested together with his colleague, Sidi Ould Abdelkader, at the entrance of the Assiraj's office in Central Nouakchott. Abdelkader was detained for several hours before being released on the same day.

No reason has been stated by the CID for Mohamed's arrest.

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