Equipe Media – Occupied El Aaiun
October 9th 2019
Sahrawi journalist and human rights activist Walid El Batal was sentenced Wednesday October 9th 2019 by a Moroccan court in occupied El Aaiun to 6 years prison term only for the fact that he used to be working with the group of Es- Smara News.
The court accused El Batal by (assaulting against a public official, erecting road barricades and throwing stones at the police) solely by basing on the fact that he had worked with the Sahrawi media group Es-Samara News for more than 8 years as a reporter and photographer and sentenced him to 6 years imprisonment .
El Batal had been arrested last June in occupied Es-Samara. A videotape shows Moroccan paramilitary group used violence, mistreatment, beating and degradation at the time of his arrest with another Sahrawi activist.