Under surveillance while reporting from Western Sahara—a ‘veritable news black hole’
But the government earlier this year offered The Wall Street Journal rare access to Laayoune, the desert city in the portion of the disputed region of Western Sahara that is controlled by Morocco. Once there, a Journal reporter was trailed by what appeared to be undercover security officers on motorcycles while meeting with independence activists.
For most people in Laayoune, life is quiet. Western Sahara has few resources, save for some phosphorus mines and fishing off the Atlantic coast. Laayoune is home to the U.N. mission known as Minurso, whose peacekeepers say they aren’t allowed under an agreement with Morocco to officially meet with local residents.
— Eugenio G. Delgado (@eugenioGdelgado) August 13, 2019