Occupied Aaiún. (Equipe Media) – On April 1, 2018 the Moroccan occupation authorities, put two Sahrawi journalists in the black prison in occupied El Aaiún; after spending 72 hours in preventive detention inside the police station in the city of occupied Smara.
The false accusations that the occupation authorities fabricate, against both journalists are: attempted murder of a police officer, barricades and humiliating public officials in the performance of their duties. Both journalists – Mohamed Salem Mayara and the photographer Mohamed Aljomayaai – were arrested in a cafe on public street.
The arrest took place a day after the publication of a Saharawi television report showing the Sahrawi protests, the security chaos in the city causing the Moroccan settlers to attack the Sahrawi activists, injuring more than five of them. The report also shows when the activists are transferred to the city hospital, and they are denied medical attention.
According to the Saharawi human rights activist, Salek Batal, who lives in the occupied city of Smara, the arrest of the journalists is a reprisal against the Smara News collective where the two arrested journalists work. The media group has been able, in spite of the military siege and the police, to show the reality of the situation of occupied city to the world. Batal adds that the arrests campaign comes in the context of terrorizing Sahrawi activists in the occupied territories, especially before the Security Council debate on the occupied Western Sahara issue.