Distribution of Calame and Essahifa reauthorised

first_img October 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Distribution of Calame and Essahifa reauthorised Help by sharing this information MauritaniaAfrica RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post The interior, posts and telecommunications ministry on 22 Octoberreauthorised distribution of the weekly Calame and the Arabic-languagepaper Essahifa after a three-day suspension for giving publicity topresidential candidate Ahmed Ould Daddah, according to the ministry’sdirector of public liberties and political affairs. Several dozenjournalists staged a protest sit-in in front of the interior ministry inNouakchott on 21 October, due to these suspensions.________________________________________________________20.10.2003Weekly newspaper suspended without explanationReporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) hascalled for the immediate lifting of a suspension on thenewspaper Calame under article 11 of the Press Law thatpermits censorship without explanation.The weekly was suspended on 19 October by the ministry ofthe interior, posts and telecommunications that regulates thepress.The ministry used article 11 of the 1991 law that gives itthe right by decree « to ban the circulation, distribution or saleofnewspapers (…) that undermine the principles of Islam or thecredibility of the state, harm the general interest or disturbpublic order and security. »This article, that allows censorship without explanation,should be repealed, the press freedom organisation added.A member of Calame’s editorial staff, quoted by the Pananews agency, said the suspension was believed to be linked toan article headlined, « The big silence at the centre of thedebate ».In the same issue a former Calame journalist, now living inexile in France. analysed the political situation on the eve ofpresidential elections in an article that openly advocated theurgent need for a real democratic alternative to the politicalmonopoly of President Taya.The authorities frequently resort to use of article 11, whichis a real threat to press freedom in Mauritania. On 23September the authorities seized copies of the Arabic-languagenewspaper Essahifa and on 29 July distribution was banned ofthe independent newspaper Le Rénovateur, both under article11. to go further News News News Follow the news on Mauritaniacenter_img RSF_en MauritaniaAfrica May 20, 2021 Find out more News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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