Month: April 2016

Mauritanian Blogger’s Death Sentence Upheld

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a 29 year-old Mauritanian blogger, was sentenced to death in December 2014 on the charge of apostasy after he wrote an article about the Prophet Mohamed and his use of the caste system. His sentence marked the first such charge to carry a death sentence since Muslim-majority Mauritania’s independence from France in 1960. An appeal court has…

Turkey: Dutch Journalist Arrested Over Insulting President Erdogan on Twitter

Ebru Umar, a 45 year-old Dutch columnist of Turkish descent, was arrested on 23 April over tweets which deemed to be offensive towards the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Umar was arrested at her apartment in Kuşadası and was taken to a local police station for investigation. Umar, a writer and a prominent journalist, is a regular columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper. She is known…