Mauritania - Alerts
The violence resulted in the death of union leader Mohamed Wals El-Mashozafy and the arrest of rights activist Osman Wald Krieft.
Wan Biran, coordinator of the Do Not Touch My Nationality movement, was detained while visiting his brother in the National Hospital.
The authorities have given no reason for the expulsion of Abdelhafiz al-Baqali, who has been working in the capital for two years.
The crew had been in the country since August 13 on an assignment that included interviewing the leader of the opposition Democratic Party and the president of a local abolitionist movement.
Activists, under the banner of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, were attacked with batons and tear gas, resulting in several injured.
The website of "El Badil Al Thalith" was blocked as a result of pressure from Emirati authorities on the hosting company after it published a series of articles criticising Arab leaders.
Mohammed Ould Abdel Latif, a reporter with the privately-owned "El Hayat", was arrested while interviewing traders about the police's alleged involvement in tax collection.
A government representative said the law would liberalise the electronic media and eliminate the state's monopoly over public media.
Hanevy Ould Dehah's lawyer thanked all those who fought for his release and said without them his client would still be in prison.
Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the website Taqadoumy, was convicted at the end of an incomprehensible and arbitrary trial.
Hanevy Ould Dehah should have been released on 24 December 2009 on completing a six-month sentence on a trumped-up charge.
Hanafi Oueld Dah was due to be released on 24 December 2009 but a court rejected an appeal for his release.
Djibril Diallo must report daily to the police until further notice.
Hanevy Ould Dehah was arrested on the orders of the prosecutor's office on 18 June 2009 as a result of a complaint by a presidential candidate.
Reporters Without Borders condemns charges that were brought against Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy.
On 18 June, the director of the news website Taqadoumy, Hanevy Ould Dehah, was arrested on the orders of the prosecutor's office.
Police in Mauritania physically assaulted a group of journalists and prevented them from covering a sit-down strike by members of the National Bar Association
The journalist was left for dead after being battered and slashed by two men wielding baseball bats and knives on the evening of 12 May 2009
(MFWA/IFEX) - On 4 May 2009, Mamouni Ould Moctar, reporter with Agence Nouakchott d'Information, a Nouakchott-based newswire service, was manhandled by political party activists who were protesting the electoral timetable proposed by the military junta to return the country to democratic rule.
Reporters Without Borders hails the release of Abdel Fettah Ould Abeidna, editor of the weekly "Al Aqsa", on 8 April 2009 as a result of a pardon issued by the head of the military government, Gen. Ould Abdel Aziz.