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 Meknes to take a test for a promotion, but he was arrested two hours later by national guard officers. He has staged a hunger strike demanding a fair trial. Attaoui, an environmental correspondent for the daily newspaper Al-Monataf wrote an expose about the illegal cedar wood trade in Morocco, and was arrested just 20 days after it was published.