A Mauritanian blogger, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir, has been freed by the Mauritanian authorities after being sentenced to death in 2014 over a post he made on social media platform, Facebook.

Mohamed Mkhaitir has been released by the authorities due to confessional posts on Facebook and TV which have been key conditions to set him free after spending over five years in jail.

Following his controversial posts, where he had condemned the state’s use of religion – Islam – to influence discriminatory practices against a minority section of the society, the Moulamines or blacksmith caste – a group of people Mohammed Mkhaitir belonged to. His case in particular was the subject of a sustained campaign by Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF (meaning Reporters Without Boarders) and other press freedom outlets across the globe.

“We are deeply relieved that he has finally been freed after being held for more than five and a half years in almost total isolation,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

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Releasing Mohammed has been one of the most important things the outgoing President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz has done.


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