Blogger sentenced to death for apostasy
Media freedom has progressed in Mauritania in recent years and there has been a significant fall in violence and intimidation against journalists. But blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed’s death sentence on a charge of apostasy in 2014 and the government’s repeated refusal to pardon him have sent a clear and intimidating message to the media. At the same time, the December 2015 cyber-crime law makes no exception for posting and sharing content that is in the public interest and provides for long jail terms in defamation cases. It also rescinds older legislation designed to protect journalists using digital technology. Fear of reprisals makes most journalists censor themselves when covering subjects such as corruption, the military, Islam, or slavery, which still exists in Mauritania.
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