Mohamed Mayara is a media activist, co-founder and coordinator of the collective of independent journalists Equipe Media. Mohamed has been threatened many times for his work by Moroccan authorities. He has been previously persecuted, arrested, tortured and received death threats. Among other things, the World Organization Against Torture reports that on January this year he was beaten by several Moroccan police at the airport in Western Sahara’s capital El Aaiún when he returned from a visit to the Saharawi refugee camps. This is not the first time. Equipe Media is an independent collective of journalists that aims to document Morocco’s repression against those who work for a free Western Sahara. In 2018, Equipe Media had five members imprisoned for their journalism. One of the members has received a life term sentence; the others are serving sentences between 6 and 30 years.