Name: Men arrested in Mauritania for controversial documentary

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Africa

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumFilm Video

Artist: Boubacar Ould Messaoud, Maitre Brahim Ould Ebetty, Professor Cheik Saad Bouh Kamara and Abdel Nasser Ould Ethmane

Confronting Bodies: Mauritanian government

Date of Action: January 1998

Specific Location: Mauritania, and France

Description of Artwork: A documentary about slavery in Mauritania.

Description of Incident: All four men were charged with creating a "non-authorized association" and spreading "false information," in the production of their documentary, that aired on French television.

Results of Incident: Messaoud, Ebetty and Kamara were arrested in Mauritania and Ethmane was charged in absentia, because he lives in France.

Source: Index on Censorship, 2/97

Submitted By: NCAC

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