24 July 1996


Authorities prevent distribution of "Mauritanie- Nouvelles" and "La Tortue"

**For background to other harassment of "Mauritanie-
Nouvelles", see IFEX alerts dated
27 and 13 March 1996, and others**

On 24 July 1996, the French- and Arab-language editions of the
independent weekly "Mauritanie-Nouvelles" were prevented from
being distributed. The printed copies are to be held at the
printing press for four days by officials from the Ministry of
the Interior, which refused to issue an acknowledgement of
receipt ("recepisse de distribution") for the copies, thus
preventing their circulation. No official reason was given to
explain the action. "Mauritanie-Nouvelles" had just resumed
operation after being suspended for three months (see IFEX
On 23 July, the privately-owned weekly "La Tortue" was subject to
the same measure by the Ministry of the Interior, which also
refused to explain its action.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • asking them to do everything so that the suspension orders
    against "Mauritanie-Nouvelles" and "La Tortue" are lifted
    immediately, and that measures are taken so that further
    harassment of the Mauritanian press does not occur

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Ould Sid Ahmed Taya
    President of the Republic
    Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Fax: +222 2 52636

    Dah Ould Abdel Jelil
    Minister of the Interior
    Nouakchott, Mauritania
    Fax: +222 2 51547

    or care of the Mauritanian diplomatic representative in your

    (in France)
    Fax: +33 1 40 72 82 96

    (in Canada)
    Embassy of the Republic of Mauritania
    45 O'Connor Street, Suite 1500
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K2P 1A1 Canada
    Fax: +1 613 237 3287

    Please copy appeals to the originator if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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