While high-ranking Arab officials are not held accountable for misinforming or misleading the public, critical journalists in their respective countries are increasingly dragged into courts and handed harsh jail sentences following unfair trials for “spreading false news.”
On Friday evening, after receiving an unexpected royal pardon, Driss Chahtan, the editor of the independent weekly Al-Michaal, was released from Oukacha Prison in Casablanca. However, his release is one of the few positive developments amid many alarming cases of worsening press conditions in Morocco.
New York, June 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the
Moroccan judiciary today to overturn a prison sentence given Friday to Taoufik
Bouachrine, editor of the independent daily Akhbar al-Youm, on politicized