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Freedom of expression in Western Sahara muzzled by Morocco, denounces British NGO

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London, 18 March 2017 (SPS) - The freedom of expression in Western Sahara is muzzled by Morocco which attacks journalists and human rights activists, denounced the British organization for human rights defence in Western Sahara, Adala UK.
The NOG wrote on its website this week that the Moroccan regime persecutes and imprisons journalists because of their political opinions, the same false charges for which human rights defenders are accused.
Journalists in Western Sahara are particularly victims of human rights violations and often suffer from arbitrary detention and torture, according to the organization.
It underlines that the reports it receives show an alarming increase in restrictions on the freedom of expression exerted by Morocco and its human rights violations in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
Adala UK cited the example of journalist of the Sahrawi city of Smara, Salah Labsir, who is still in prison, after being accused, wrongly, of premeditated violence against police and the destruction of public goods in 2013. (SPS)