EFJ Welcomes Release of Swedish Journalist in Western Sahara

The International Federation of Journalists and its regional group the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today welcomed the news that Moroccan authorities returned the passport and presscard of Swedish journalist Lars Björk, who was arrested in Western Sahara on Monday, but were dismayed that he was not given his camera and was forced to leave the area.

Björk was released on Tuesday by the police after questioning and was placed on a bus towards Agadir, Morocco.

Björk, a freelance journalist, was arrested by police after he saw a demonstration in Western Sahara and photographed some of the protestors.

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