However, journalists often avoid coverage that the government might regard as adversarial. And the so-called three taboos--the monarchy, the country's claim of territorial sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara, and Islam--must never be challenged in public.
Self-censorship is further encouraged by a number of legal instruments. The press code stipulates tough penalties for journalists who defame public officials or offend any member of the royal family. Authorities have the legal power to confiscate, suspend, or revoke the licenses of publications that are deemed a "threat to public order." Foreign publications risk confiscation if they report unfavorably about Morocco.
Satellite dishes are widely available to Moroccan citizens and offer access to Arab, French, and regional programming. At the same time, Internet use has blossomed in recent years and is available to citizens without government restrictions. A large number of cyber cafŽs provide the public with access to the Internet, but individuals who want to be connected at home must pay relatively high service costs, which put an Internet connection beyond the reach of most Moroccans.