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RWB condemns Internet shutdown in Mauritania

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Nouakchott, Mauritania, June 25 (Infosplusgabon) - Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has condemned the Internet shutdown in Mauritania after the 22 June presidential election and called for its reinstatement.

 


In a statement on Tuesday, RWB denounced "an act aimed at preventing the circulation of information and which risks tarnishing the ongoing electoral process".


After declaring the victory in the first round of retired General Mohamed Cheikh Ahmed Ghazouani, candidate of the majority, on Sunday, "Mauritanian authorities cut off the Internet" while the opposition protested to denounce "fraud" during this election.


Reporters Without Borders believes that "censoring the Internet and preventing information from circulating the day after a presidential election, meant to mark the first democratic transfer of power between two elected presidents, discredits the current electoral process and sends a very poor signal for freedom of information in Mauritania," said Arnaud Froger, RWB Africa Desk Officer.


The organization strongly condemned a measure "which deprives journalists of a working tool".

 


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