Human Rights Monitor condemns the suspension of Mauritanian journalist Molay Ibrahim Molay Alzen by Mauritania's authority for posting on Bayan Sahafy a website he directs his opinion regarding the diplomatic relations between Mauritania and Morocco with complete disregard to the freedom of the press or the citizen in general.
The security apparatus in Mauritania arrested the journalist on April 20 after he was summoned by security and Mauritania's police tasked with combatting terrorism questioned him regarding the ties between Mauritania and other countries.
He was arrested after publishing a complaint submitted by Mauritania to the UN as they objected to the terrorism and drug trafficking on the Yemeni / Moroccan border accusing an Algerian leading figure of circulating the news and he was ordered to leave the country.
In response to the violations against freedoms HRM calls on the Mauritanian authority to respect the individual's right to freedom of opinion and expression including publishing information and opinion without restrictions and in any form.
It calls on it to also recognize that these freedoms are the foundation of any democracy and is significant in forming public opinion and the freedom of expression is an important element of the individual's dignity.
With this HRM calls for the release of Molay and the end to restrictions imposed on the journalists' freedomby leading political figures so they can continue their work in offering information and news to the public since this is a basic right.