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Author Topic: Mauritanian Blogger - Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitar  (Read 37 times)


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Mauritanian Blogger - Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitar
« on: August 28, 2019, 03:35:37 PM »
Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir was probably Mauritania's most famous blogger who was imprisoned for nearly six years after writing an article in December 2013 that was critical of the use of religion to justify slavery and discrimination (which included discrimination against the "blacksmith" caste to which he belongs). The post caused mass protests calling for his execution for blasphemy. He was charged with apostasy in December 2014 and originally sentenced to death. However, his sentence was eventually commuted to two years in prison by a Nouadhibou appeal court in November 2017. However, because of mass demonstrations calling for his execution, he continued to be held on "security grounds". He was later paraded on television to "apologize" for his supposed crimes as well as make a public apology on Facebook which was one of the conditions for his release. After release, he was flown to Europe to an unspecified country where he could pick up with his life and education after having it come to a halt back in his home country.