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Editor of Moroccan news website harassed

June 20, 2017 10:50 AM ET

New York, June 20, 2017--Moroccan authorities should cease harassing Hamid al-Mahdaoui, the editor of the news website Badil, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit has filed a criminal defamation complaint against al-Mahdaoui, and the editor says he was questioned for six hours last...

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Moroccan website director held in solitary confinement pending trial

June 16, 2017 1:39 PM ET

Moroccan security forces on June 6, 2017, arrested Mohamed al-Asrihi, a video journalist and the director of the opposition news website Rif24, from the home of activist Mohsen Athari in the northern town of Trogout, where he was hiding, according to news reports and a statement from Rif24....

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Morocco deports Algerian journalist

June 1, 2017 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Moroccan authorities should lift any restrictions on Algerian journalist Djamel Alilat's ability to enter Morocco following his May 30 deportation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Alilat as he left a protest he was covering in northern Morocco two days prior, according...

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Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

December 12, 2016 12:34 PM ET

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called...

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Mission Journal: Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code

July 29, 2016 1:20 PM ET

In the small, polished Moroccan capital of Rabat, pictures of King Mohamed VI, who took the throne in 1999, hang in many shops, offices, and hotels. In most of these, he is clean-shaven, smiling, and wearing a suit: a modern monarch. His image is part of the official narrative...

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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Amid wave of defamation cases, CPJ joins call for Morocco to drop charges against press

November 13, 2015 4:12 PM ET

New York, November 13, 2015--CPJ has joined Free Press Unlimited and seven other organizations in a statement of support for seven Moroccan journalists and human rights defenders who will face trial on November 19, on charges ranging from defamation to harming national security. One of the journalists, Hicham Mansouri,...

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CPJ joins call for Morocco to end harassment of journalists

September 29, 2015 2:37 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and three other human rights groups, in calling on the government of Morocco to stop its harassment of journalists and human rights defenders. The statement was delivered during the general debate at the United Nations Human...

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Moroccan court orders news website to shut for three months, fines editor

August 14, 2015 9:15 AM ET

New York, August 14, 2105--A Moroccan criminal court on Monday ordered the independent news website Badil to suspend operations for three months and handed a harsh fine to its editor-in-chief, according to news reports and the journalist who spoke to CPJ. Hamid el-Mehdaoui was convicted of criminal defamation....

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Moroccan king must allow Ali Lmrabet to practice journalism

July 24, 2015 3:59 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 161 organizations, writers, journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers, and politicians in calling on the king of Morocco to stop the administrative harassment of Ali Lmrabet. The satirical journalist has been on hunger strike outside the U.N.'s Geneva offices since June 24, according...

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