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Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

Index calls on Morocco to release rapper El Haqed

In an Open Letter to the Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties El Mustapha Ramid, 11 organisations committed to the defence of the rights to freedom of expression, culture and the arts have condemned the four-month sentence served against Mouad Belghouate.

Free speech sidelined in Morocco

Free speech sidelined in Morocco

Despite promising reform and introducing a new constitution in 2011, Morocco’s treatment of dissidents indicates the changes were just window dressing, Samia Errazzouki writes

Moroccan atheist Imad Habib hiding from police

Moroccan atheist Imad Habib hiding from police

Moroccan atheist Imad Eddin Habib is now on the run, after police began searching for him last week. Habib told Irshad Manji‘s Moral Courage TV that officers confronted his father, asking him to bring an end to his son’s activism. Habib is the founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Morocco,

Morocco: Rapper arrested for critical lyrics

A Moroccan rapper and activist was arrested by security forces last week, following claims that one of his songs is offensive to a public institution. Megaz El Haked was summoned to a court on the charge of offending a public authority. Lyrics in in one of his songs criticising the political situation

Morocco: French magazine confiscated for publishing “Persepolis” images

The most recent issue of the French magazine “Le Nouvel Observateur” was confiscated by Moroccan authorities after it published an image from the French-Iranian film “Persepolis”.  The issue, due to be distributed on 2 February, included an article on the animated film, which tells the story of the suffering of

Morocco: Top newspaper editor sentenced to a year in prison

Rachid Nini, the editor of one of Morocco’s leading newspapers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined 100 euros after he was convicted of compromising “the security and integrity of the nation and citizens”. Nini had been held for over two months before the trial took place and had been

Morocco moves for dignity

Morocco moves for dignity

Moroccan youth organised protests through YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, just like activists across the Arab world. But are their aims the same? Jillian C York reports

Moroccan journalist sentenced to two years in prison

Moroccan journalist Mohammed Attaoui was convicted of extortion and sentenced to two years in prison on March 22. He claims he was set up by a former source and a forestry ministry official. Attaoui said he gave him the money — about 1,000 dirhams (90 euros) — to travel to Rabat or

Morocco newspaper banned for articles about king’s health

Moroccan newspaper Al-Michaal was banned on 13 November after editor in chief Driss Chahtan was sentenced to one year in prison and a 10,000 dirham fine as punishment for his articles about the health of King Mohamed VI. Two other journalists on the paper, Rasheed Mahameed and Mostafa Hiran, were

Morocco: crackdown on royal cartoon

The Moroccan government is suing daily newspaper Akhbar Al Youm after it published a cartoon of Prince Moulay Ismail. The government said the cartoon showed “blatant disrespect” to the royal family. Read more here

Morocco: magazines confiscated

On 2 August it was reported that Moroccan magazines Telle Qu’elle and Nichane were confiscated after publishing a survey about how Moroccan’s view the monarchy. The government has promised to carry out the same action on any paper or magazine which publishes the survey. This is despite the fact that

Youth jailed for king ‘insult’

A schoolboy in Morocco has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for insulting the country’s monarch. The 18-year-old allegedly changed the ‘God, Fatherland, King’ national slogan on his school blackboard to ‘God, Fatherland, Barcelona’. Read more here

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