Website editor held illegally after detention order expires

first_img MauritaniaAfrica Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release News July 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor held illegally after detention order expires News MauritaniaAfrica to go further Follow the news on Mauritania Receive email alerts Newscenter_img July 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information May 20, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2020 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing detention of Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy (http://www.taqadoumy-fr.com/), who has been held since 18 June following a presidential candidate’s complaint. A court detention order expired at 3:40 p.m on 26 July and since then he had been held illegally.“We support the request by Dehah’s lawyer, Ould Ebety, for his arbitrary detention to be ended,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Dehah must be freed because the judicial order for his detention has expired and the authorities are breaking the law by keeping him in prison.”Dehah’s trial should have taken place yesterday but was postponed until 5 August, the day that Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is due to be sworn in as president.———————————–مدير موقع تقدمي معرّض للسجن لمدة خمسة أعوام26.07.2009 – Detained website editor now facing up to five years in prisonReporters Without Borders condemns the charges of “violating public decency”, “inciting crimes” and “publishing court statements still under the seal of confidentiality” that were brought against Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy, on 24 June. Dehah, who has been held since 18 June, was taken to Dart Naim prison after being charged.“We urge the authorities to explain the charges brought against Dehah, who has not yet been tried, and to produce evidence to support them,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are out of all proportion to the article that prompted his arrest. We suspect the authorities are using this prosecution to silence the website.”Dehah faces a possible five-year jail sentence when he is brought to trial, which should be within the next month.He was arrested on 18 June at the behest of the orders of the Nouakchott prosecutor’s office as a result of a complaint by presidential candidate Ibrahima Moctar Sarr, the head of the opposition Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renovation (AJD/MR), over an article posted on Taqadoumy on 22 April.Headlined “The sudden fortune of Ibrahima Sarr,” the article referred to “the purchase by Mr. Sarr of a villa costing 30 million ouguiyas (about 83,000 euros) on the Nouadhibou road in an area known as ‘university lands’, one of the capital’s most elegant neighbourhoods.” Sarr and his family described the article as “defamatory and baseless.”More information last_img read more

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Journalist gunned down in Tribal Areas, militants suspected

first_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Reporters Without Borders is saddened and appalled to learn that Malik Mumtaz Khan, a journalist based in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, was shot dead by gunmen on 27 February.“We offer our condolences to Khan’s family and friends and we urge the Pakistani authorities to quickly take stock of the dangers that journalists incur just by doing their job in the Tribal Areas,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The authorities must deploy effective resources in order not only to bring those responsible for this appalling murder to justice, but also to prevent any recurrence of this kind of violence.”A journalist for the past 15 years, Khan worked for the television news channel Geo News and the Jang newspaper group. He was recently elected president of the Miranshah press club.The Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) said Khan was on his way to his home near Miranshah when he was gunned down by armed men waiting in a vehicle with tinted windows of the kind widely used by militants.North Waziristan has a particularly large presence of armed Islamists in part because the army has never waged an offensive against them, as it has in other parts of the Tribal Areas. As a result, it is very hard for journalists to work freely.“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mumtaz Khan,” TUJ president Nasir Mohmand told Reporters Without Borders. He said Khan was the 13th TUJ member to have been killed and called on the government to protect journalists in the Tribal Areas.Some local journalists said Khan had been receiving threats for some time. No group has so far claimed responsibility for his murder.Geo News said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the armed group Tehreek-e-Taliban, denied that it was in any way involved. Tehreek-e-Taliban previously recognized its responsibility for last year’s murder of another journalist in the Tribal Areas, Mukarram Khan.Malik Mumtaz Kahn’s murder brings to four the number of journalists killed in Pakistan since the start of 2013. He is the second journalist to be killed in North Waziristan, following Hayatullah Khan in June 2006.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 21, 2021 Find out more March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down in Tribal Areas, militants suspected News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more

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