Al-Houriya (Arabic: الحرية, meaning Freedom) is a weekly Arabic language newspaper in Mauritania. The director of the newspaper is Mohamed Nema Oumar.[1]


On 12 June 2008, Mohamed Nema Oumar, managing editor of Al-Houriya, was arrested by the Mauritanian police after he published an article on Senator El Had and his activities in Israel.[2] Oumar was arrested at the airport on his way back from Libya where he accompanied the Mauritanian President with an accredited press badge.[3] Mohamed Nema Oumar was detained for 30 hours, and charged two days later with libel and insults. His passport was retained for 2 months.[1][4] He is jailed again starting 21 July.[5]

In July 2008, Mohammed Ould Abdel Latif, editor of Al-Houriya, was also arrested and detained by the Mauritanian police the day he published an article about corruption and briberies collected by high court judges.[2] His article stipulated that these judges had received 68,650 euros to release a businessman and a policeman accused of drug trafficking.[6]

On 6 August 2008, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called for the release of the two journalists.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mauritania: Journalist, Publisher Arrested Over Article On Judicial Corruption". Reporters sans Frontières (Paris). 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  2. ^ a b Mauritania ALERT: Second Al Houriya newspaper journalist detained in a month,, 27 July 2008
  3. ^ Mauritania President "tried to stop journalist's detention",, 17 June 2008
  4. ^ Libel charge brought against publisher of Arabic-language weekly,], 16 June 2008
  5. ^ a b IFJ Calls for Release of Journalist and Publisher Held Over Corrupted Judges Story in Mauritania,, 6 August 2008
  6. ^ Mauritania: Two journalists arrested in drugs libel case,, 23 July 2008

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