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Journalist released after being detained for a week

(MFWA/IFEX) - Mohamed Salem Ould Mohamed, a reporter with "Assiraj", an Arabic-language newspaper, was released on 31 March 2008 by the Mauritanian Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after being held incommunicado since his arrest on 25 March.

Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that despite being detained for a week no charges have been filed against the journalist.

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

The CID has given no reason for Mohamed's arrest.

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