Hanevy Ould Dahah

Hanevy Ould Dahah

Blog: http://www.taqadoumy.com/
Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania
18° 4' 24.276" N, 15° 58' 34.2516" W
Status: Released
Arrested between 18 Jun 2009 and 27 Feb 2010
Campaign Site: http://hanevyfree.blogspot.com/

Hanevy Ould Dahah, 34, founder and manager of Mauritania’s leading news website www.taqadoumy.com was arrested on June 18 in Nouakchott when members of Mauritania’s security forces without presenting him with any charges, he was handcuffed and led to a police station in Mauritania’s capital.

Married and father of one boy, Ould Dahah is most known for his popular column  “Fiery Letters” which he started before launching Taqadoumy.com is widely read because of the combination of his vigorous criticism of the country’s successive governments and his unique writing style.

The Mauritanian authorities have not commented yet on the arrest while no indictment or charges have been brought against the 33-year old father of one.

The arrest was widely condemned by Mauritania’s civil society including a statement from the journalist’s union president demanding his immediate release and a call for a sit-in to show solidarity with Ould Dahah.While the reasons for the arrest remain unclear: Taqadoumy (The Progressive) has been the most outspoken Mauritanian website denouncing the ruling junta and Mauritania’s previous elected government.

The 2 year old leftist website broke many taboos by publishing stories on corruption, misconduct drawing the ire of the country’s political class.

According to Hamsaweb , "Hanevy’s release [on February 26th, 2010] comes after a growing international solidarity campaigns pushed his plight into the headlines, finally compelling the US government to issue a statement criticizing his imprisonment. The grassroots pressure campaign worked. Hanevy is now home with his family, already planning new projects for his website Taqadoumy.com, the number one news portal in Mauritania."

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