My First Post: Hanevy Ould Dahah

26 12 2009

Hanevy - Boston summer 2008

To be honest, I was determined not to blog for a variety of reasons but I changed my mind. Why?

My friend Hanevy Ould Dahah, the director of Taqadoumy.com, Mauritania’s leading news website, has been sitting in jail for 6 months. His sentence was up on December 24 but the authorities refuse to release him in a clear sign of things to come under the rule of General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz. Needless to say that folks back home are understandably FURIOUS

He was convicted for a so-called “publishing indecent content” after the authorities tried to pin a host of charges carrying a sentence of 5 years in jail. Either way, it is clear that Mauritania is a country where laws have no meaning.

His case was adopted by all of Mauritania’s civil society actors and the petition demanding his release is a collection of all what the country has: former presidents, heads of political parties, journalists..and yes, ordinary citizens.

This is why I decided blogging. Hanevy’s case is not just another blogger/journalist thrown away for political reasons. His is one that will have profound implications for the country: if General Aziz doesn’t feel any push back for his treatment of a journalist, he is certainly going to assume that he is free to repress any dissenting voice without fear of any consequences. Let’s say that this is THE test case for the future of civil rights in the tiny, often forgotten, nation of Mauritania.

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26 12 2009
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26 12 2009
Claire

Premier commentaire ! Tu blogueras aussi en français ?

26 12 2009
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26 12 2009
Nasser

Bien entendu :)

15 01 2010
Global Voices Advocacy » Mauritanian Editor Hanevy Ould Dahah Remains Detained

[...] to 6 months in prison, should have been released on December 24, however, on December 26 it was reported by blogger Nasser Weddady on Dekhnstan, that Ould Dahah was still being held. In the blog's [...]

15 01 2010
Global Voices Online » Mauritania: Hanevy Ould Dahah Remains Imprisoned

[...] to 6 months in prison, should have been released on December 24, however, on December 26 it was reported by blogger Nasser Weddady on Dekhnstan, that Ould Dahah was still being held.  In the blog's [...]

22 01 2010
Global Voices in Italiano » Mauritania: ancora prigione (e sciopero della fame) per il giornalista web Hanevy Ould Dahah

[...] essere rilasciato il 24 dicembre, ma, il 26 dicembre su Dekhnstan il blogger Nasser Weddady ha riportato [in] la notizia che Ould Dahah non era ancora stato rilasciato. Nel post iniziale del blog, Weddady [...]

23 01 2010
Global Voices in Italiano » Mauritania: ancora prigione e sciopero della fame per il giornalista web Hanevy Ould Dahah

[...] essere rilasciato il 24 dicembre, ma, il 26 dicembre su Dekhnstan il blogger Nasser Weddady ha riportato [in] la notizia che Ould Dahah non era ancora stato rilasciato. Nel post iniziale del blog, Weddady [...]

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