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Mauritania Sentences Blogger to Death for ‘Apostasy’

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In response to a court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania sentencing to death the 28-year-old Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’Kheitir for apostasy, after publishing an article that discussed the caste system and the Prophet Mohammad, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

“The Mauritanian court’s condemning a blogger to death for blasphemy violates the fundamental right to freedom of expression and is in violation of Mauritania’s criminal code,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “Citizens of Mauritania should have the right to express their views without fear of retribution. We urge the judiciary to reverse its decision through a public and transparent appellate process and also urge the government of Mauritania to reform the judiciary to make it truly independent from government and public pressure.”

Mauritania is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2014.  

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