Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 July 2008

Mauritania / A journalist and publisher arrested for accusing judges of corruption


Mauritania / A journalist and publisher arrested for accusing judges of corruption


NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania July 22, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of Mohamed Ould Abdelatif and Mohamed Nema Oumar, respectively journalist and publisher on the privately-owned Arabic-language weekly al-Hurriya in connection with a “defamation” complaint from three judges at the criminal appeal court.


The judicial police in Nouakchott arrested the journalist yesterday, and Oumar, who was in Kaedi, southern Mauritania was arrested by police there and brought back to the capital.


Nema Oumar wrote an article in edition number 98 of the newspaper reporting that a defence lawyer had paid the three judges 25 million ouguiyas (68,650 euros) to release a businessman and a police officer accused of drug-trafficking. He went on to say that the three judges “are known for their great experience of corruption”.


“The systematic imprisonment of journalists involved in press cases must stop,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We urge the Mauritanian justice system to apply more measured responses to defamation proceedings, by allowing the media regulatory body to do its work first”, it added.  


SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)


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