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Journalist detained, police destroy photos

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 13 January 2009, Sidi Mohamed Ould Abderrahmane, a journalist with the independent news wire service Agence Nouakchott d'Information, was detained by police.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that Abderrahmane had gone to the presidential palace to cover a demonstration staged by family members of detainees who have been held for several months for allegedly engaging in acts of terrorism. The protestors were demanding the release of their detained relatives.

Presidential guards arrested the journalist and handed him over to the police, who subsequently detained him for several hours.

He was released after the police destroyed the photos in his camera.

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