Man jailed for mock Facebook entry pardoned
19 Mar 08

A man imprisoned in Morocco for creating a fake Facebook profile of the king’s brother has been released after receiving a royal pardon.

Fouad Mourtada was arrested in February and sentenced to three years in prison for ‘usurping the identity of Prince Moulay Rachid’. Mourtada insisted the Facebook entry had only ever been intended as a joke. However, insulting the royal family remains one of the greatest taboos in Moroccan society and carries heavy punishments.

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By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.