Sahrawi journalist’s trial postponed

PUSL.- The trial of Nazha El Khalidi that should have taken place today was postponed to the 20th of May at request of her lawyer since she is in Europe participating in several conferences.

El Khalidi, a Sahrawi media activist, who collaborates with Equipe Media and RASD-TV, was detained for several hours on December 4th, 2018 as she was live-streaming a protest on social media.

According to Equipe Media she said that she was later beaten, arrested and her cell phone was confiscated.

The young media activist is now being charged of “claiming or usurping a title associated with a profession that is regulated by law without meeting the necessary conditions to use it”.

According to Article 381 of the Moroccan Penal Code, if found guilty El Khalidi could be sentenced between three months and two years, and to pay a fine of between 120 Dirhams (12 Euros) and 5.000 Dirhams (500 Euros).

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