Aboubakr Jamaï, co-founder and former managing director of Le Journal Hebdomadaire, told CPJ that Trimedia could have paid the newsmagazine’s creditors “had the authorities refrained from regularly ordering advertisers to boycott” the publication.
The newsmagazine’s assets were seized on Wednesday. Le Journal Hebdomadaire published most recently last week.
Le Journal Hebdomadaire was dealt a devastating financial blow in
2006 when a Moroccan court ordered that it pay 3 million dirhams (US$354,000)
damages in a defamation case filed by Claude Moniquet, head of the
Brussels-based European Strategic Intelligence and
Jamaï left the country after the 2006 court decision and a series of government-inspired cases
of harassment against the newsmagazine. Harassment of Le Journal Hebdomadaire appeared to ease for a
time. But when Jamaï returned to
“We condemn the strategy of using the courts to silence critical publications,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem. CPJ wrote to King Mohamed VI in July 2009 to express disappointment with “the continuous use of the courts to suppress freedom of expression.”