Stories about Mauritania

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID 19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

Digital Citizen 3.7

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

Digital Citizen 2.3

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

Activists Push Back on Mauritania's Information Society Law

A newly proposed law on the Information Society in Mauritania would limit free expression and prohibit the use of encryption. Activists are speaking out against the legislation.

Digital Citizen 1.6

Digital Citizen brings you the latest human rights and technology news from the Arab World. This edition looks at Internet blackouts in Syria and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, new cyber laws...

Mauritanian Editor Hanevy Ould Dahah Remains Detained

In June of 2009, Global Voices Advocacy was the first to report that Mauritanian editor Hanevy Ould Dahah, who runs leftist site Taqadoumy, had been arrested over a comment left...

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