Morocco

2008

Alerts   |   Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

New issue of French magazine banned in three nations

New York, November 4, 2008--CPJ is deeply concerned by the decisions of the Moroccan, Tunisian, and Algeriangovernments to ban the new issue of L'Express magazine carrying a series of articles about Islam and Christianity.

November 4, 2008 3:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Morocco

Court slams journalist with heavy damages

New York, October 31, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Moroccan appeals court decision to uphold heavy damages and a fine against an editor of a leading independent daily in a defamation case, which could force the paper to close.

October 31, 2008 8:54 PM ET

Alerts   |   Morocco

Court of appeal overturns blogger's sentence

New York, September 18, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Moroccan court decision today that overturns a two-year prison sentence and a fine against blogger and journalist Mohamed Erraji.

On September 9, the court in Agadir, in southwest Morocco, convicted Erraji in a 10-minute trial¸ sentencing him to prison and a fine of 5,000 dinars (US$626), according to his family and local news reports. Erraji, 29, is a contributor to HesPress, a Moroccan daily news Web site.

September 18, 2008 6:43 PM ET

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Letters   |   Morocco

CPJ urges Moroccan king to free blogger

Your Majesty, ‎ The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the decision of a ‎Moroccan court to jail and fine blogger and journalist Mohamed Erraji for "failing to respect the ‎king." We call on you to use all your influence to ensure the overturning of Erraji's conviction. ‎

September 12, 2008 7:24 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Morocco

Blogger sentenced to two years in prison

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this alert has been modified to correct the age of the blogger.

New York, September 10, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Moroccan court's decision to jail and fine blogger and journalist Mohamed Erraji for "failing to respect the king."

The court in Agadir, in southwest Morocco, convicted Erraji on Monday in a closed trial and sentenced him to two years imprisonment and a fine of 5,000 dinars (US$626), according to his family and local news reports. Erraji, 29, is a contributor to HesPress, a Moroccan daily news Web site.

September 11, 2008 4:33 PM ET

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Blog   |   Morocco

Hormatallah released from "cemetery for the living"

The release of Mustafa Hormatallah, a Moroccan editor at the independent weekly Al-Watan Al An, prompted a memorable scene on July 25 as he exited Akacha Prison in Casablanca, Morocco's most populous and business-oriented city.

Scores of well-wishers including relatives, friends, and representatives of the of the National Syndicate of the Moroccan Press and human rights groups flocked early that Friday morning to this notorious prison to greet Hormatallah as he took his first steps toward freedom. They gave him a warm welcome after his eight months of captivity for practicing independent journalism. At 9:45 a.m. local time, he emerged from the gate of what he called a "cemetery for the living."

August 5, 2008 1:18 PM ET

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August 2008
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August 1, 2008 12:00 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Morocco

Al-Jazeera journalist fined over reporting social unrest

New York, July 11, 2008—A Rabat court fined Hassan Rachidi, Al-Jazeera’s Morocco bureau chief, 50,000 dirhams (nearly $6,000) for maliciously “publishing false news” likely to “disrupt public order and spread panic among people.” Under Article 42 of Morocco’s 2002 Press Law, Rachidi had faced a sentence of a month to a year in prison and a fine of 1,200 dirhams to 100,000 dirhams. Authorities also suspended Rachidi’s press accreditation.

July 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Morocco

Moroccan court tells paper to halt publication of testimony

New York, June 25, 2008--The Moroccan government should allow the news media to report on human rights abuses committed during the reign of King Hassan II, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing victim testimony given to a royal truth and reconciliation commission.

Ali Anouzla, editor of Al-Jarida al-Oula, a newly established daily, was ordered to stop publishing statements made to the Equity and Reconciliation Commission describing human rights abuses said to have occurred between 1960 and 1999. Anouzla told CPJ that the newspaper will appeal the ruling

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

Alerts   |   Morocco

Moroccan court tells paper to halt publication of testimony

New York, June 25, 2008--The Moroccan government should allow the news media to report on human rights abuses committed during the reign of King Hassan II, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing victim testimony given to a royal truth and reconciliation commission.

Ali Anouzla, editor of Al-Jarida al-Oula, a newly established daily, was ordered to stop publishing statements made to the Equity and Reconciliation Commission describing human rights abuses said to have occurred between 1960 and 1999. Anouzla told CPJ that the newspaper will appeal the ruling

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM ET

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