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 an Iranian family following the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the main character’s subsequent exile to France. Morocco withstood pressure from Iranian authorities to ban the film in May 2008, screening it at the Meknes International Festival of Animated Film (FICAM).