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Al-Houriya (Arabic: الحرية, meaning Freedom) is a weekly Arabic language newspaper in Mauritania. The director of the newspaper is Mohamed Nema Oumar.
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. Oumar was arrested at the airport on his way back from Libya where he accompanied the Mauritanian President with an accredited press badge. Mohamed Nema Oumar was detained for 30 hours, and charged two days later with libel and insults. His passport was retained for 2 months. He is jailed again starting 21 July.
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. His article stipulated that these judges had received 68,650 euros to release a businessman and a policeman accused of drug trafficking.
On 6 August 2008, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called for the release of the two journalists.
- ^ a b "Mauritania: Journalist, Publisher Arrested Over Article On Judicial Corruption". Reporters sans Frontières (Paris). 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
- ^ a b Mauritania ALERT: Second Al Houriya newspaper journalist detained in a month, Africa.gm, 27 July 2008
- ^ Mauritania President "tried to stop journalist's detention", Afrol.com, 17 June 2008
- ^ Libel charge brought against publisher of Arabic-language weekly, Rsf.org], 16 June 2008
- ^ a b IFJ Calls for Release of Journalist and Publisher Held Over Corrupted Judges Story in Mauritania, Ifj.org, 6 August 2008
- ^ Mauritania: Two journalists arrested in drugs libel case, Somalinet.com, 23 July 2008