Journalist To Be Executed For Blasphemy In Mauritania
In Mauritania, a journalist has been sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. The journalist, named Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, wrote an article that was critical of social inequality in Mauritania, and included a criticism of some of the decisions made by Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam, the dominant religion of Mauritania.
The judge in the case found that the defendant had “spoken lightly of the prophet”. The President of Mauritania has celebrated the verdict and death sentence, saying that Islam is “above freedom”. If the death sentence is carried out, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed will be shot to death by a firing squad.