Salah Lebsir Political prisoner and Saharawi journalist transferred to Bouzakarn prison

PUSL.- The political activist and Saharawi media activist, Salah Eddine Lebsir, was transferred from Tata prison to the Bouzakarn prison last night.

Salah Eddine Lebsir was arrested on June 6, 2015, for his participation in peaceful demonstrations in the city of Smara, vindicating the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people. He is a political activist and journalist known to the Moroccan authorities. Lebsir was sentenced to 4 years ending his sentence in June 2019.

During the time of incarceration, he has carried out several hunger strikes, demanding humane treatment and respect for his elementary rights.

The jornalist was now transferred from Tata prison that is 719Km from El Aaiun (capital of Western Sahara) to Bouzakarn which is 479km away.

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Saharawi journalists sentenced to two years in prison

PUSL.- Mohamed Salem Mayara, reporter and Mohamed Alchomyai image reporter were sentenced to 2 years in prison last September 5, by the court of first instance of El Aaiun capital of the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The two journalists belong to the “smara news” team, a Saharawi media, broadcasted on social networks to break the silence and media blackout imposed by the Kingdom of Morocco that occupies the territory of Western Sahara illegally through a military presence, with military and police forces that keep the Sahrawi population under a domain of terror, kidnapping, torture and a social, political and economic apartheid, disrespecting the United Nations resolutions.

The two journalists were documenting a peaceful demonstration when they were arrested on 27 March this year.

Victims of torture and ill-treatment they were forced to sign documents drawn up by the Moroccan authorities whose contents they did not know.

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Morocco postpones trial of Saharawi journalist

The court of first instance in El Ayoun postponed to May 14 the trial of Laaroussi Ndour, arbitrarily detained on 2nd of May.

The photographer and editor of the Bentilli Center, one of several Sahrawi media groups in the occupied territories, who daily report and film the human rights violations in Western Sahara committed by Morocco was arrested and treated violently on Smara Avenue according to several witnesses.

This morning when he was present in court he did not have the hearing aid that he needs that had been removed by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

The trial had to be postponed since Ndour was hearing impaired.

Friends, activists and relatives went to court to show their support for the journalist and in protest of his arbitrary detention.

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Morocco detains Saharawi journalist – World Press Freedom Day

The Moroccan occupation authorities detained Laaroussi Ndour, photographer and publisher of the Bentilli Center, one of several Sahrawi media groups who daily report and film human rights violations in the occupied territories of Western Sahara committed by Morocco.

The arrest of journalist Ndour is part of the systematic policy of silencing the Saharawi media, whose journalists are persecuted and victims of ill-treatment, torture and detention.

Laaroussi Ndour, 26, was arrested on the evening of March 2, 2018 on Smara Avenue in El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara. According to witnesses the journalist was arrested by a group of Moroccan police and transferred in a police car to the central police station. This young Saharawi journalist has been persecuted several times by the occupation authorities because of his political convictions.

Bentili, holds the Moroccan state responsible for the physical integrity of Laroussi Ndour, and strongly condemns this retaliation against the Saharawi journalist.

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The occupation authorities took two Saharawi journalists to the prison in occupied El Aaiún

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.

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News Network Activists denounce violations against journalists in Western Sahara

A report published by the News Network Activists, a group of Saharawi journalists in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, denounces the persecution and attacks of journalists by the Moroccan occupation authorities.

According to this report in less than a month, the moroccan authorities attacked, kidnapped, beaten , made violent assaults against Saharawi journalists and confiscated their photographic equipment, cameras and mobile phones.

The report (see here) is one more element documenting the lack of freedom of expression in the occupied territories and the brutal repression of those who try to document the violations committed by the Kingdom of Morocco against the Saharawi population.

Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975 when Spain abandoned this colony without finalizing the decolonization process.

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