Journalist released, website reopened in Mauritania
19 Mar 2009

Writer and journalist Abou Abbass Ould Brahim, the editor of the news website Taqadoumy, was released today after being held for three days in the Mauritanian capital. The website was allowed to reopen 24 hours after the Nouakchott prosecutor’s office ordered its closure.

A Nouakchott criminal court had ordered Taqadoumy’s closure at the request of prosecutors for posting “mendacious and defamatory” information. The court accused the site of violating journalistic ethics and undermining national unity by means of “defamation and inciting hatred.”

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