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Two newspaper journalists arrested, one released, the other held incommunicado

(MFWA/IFEX) - Mohamed Salem Ould Mohamed, reporter with "Assiraj", an Arabic language newspaper, was on 25 March 2008 arrested and detained at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Mauritanian police.

Mohamed is being held incommunicado.

The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that 48 hours on, no explanations have been given for his arrest and subsequent detention.

Mohamed was arrested together with his colleague, Sidi Ould Abdelkader, at the entrance of the newspaper's office in Central Nouakchott. Abdelkader was detained for several hours before being released on the same day.

MFWA is calling on the authorities to either release the journalist or put him before a court of law if they have any probable cause for their action, or for any offence he may have allegedly committed.

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