Morocco: Media vs monarchy

Source: Al Jazeera. Seven journalists were scheduled to go on trial in Morocco in the past week on charges ranging from “threatening state security” to “failing to report foreign financing”. The issues of Western Sahara, terrorism-related investigations and the reputation of King Mohammed VI are seemingly top of the list of “grey area” material that…

Why the 7 co-defendants don’t stand a chance of a fair trial

The lack of independence of the Moroccan judiciary is notorious as been shown in many a political trial in recent years. In the case of the co-defendants, this lack of independence is likely to be exacerbated, the complainant being none other than the Ministry of Interior, considered an “institution of sovereignty”, one through which the…

The story of a political vendetta

On October 28, 2015, the State Prosecutor summons seven pro-democracy activists to appear before the Rabat Lower court to answer the following charges: Mr. Maati Monjib, Mr. Hicham Khribchi (alias, Hisham Almiraat), Mr. Abdessamad Aït Aïcha, Mr. Mohamed Essaber are charged with “Undermining State security” (article 206 of the Penal Code) and “Violation of articles 5 and 6 of the Law…

Trial of Human Rights Activists Postponed, Again

RABAT – The trial of Maati Monjib and six of his comrades was postponed to June 29, 2016, reported today the support committee for the Moroccan historian and his six co-defendants. The decision was made during a hearing that took place on Wednesday, March 23, at the Tribunal of First Instance of Rabat. The presiding…

Morocco ramps up crackdown on press freedom with trial over citizen journalism

Source: Amnesty International Tomorrow’s trial of seven Moroccan journalists and activists on charges including “undermining state security” and “failing to report foreign funding”, is part of a calculated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. The seven are due to face trial for taking part in a foreign-funded project to train people to use…

Free speech goes on trial in Morocco

Source: The Washington Post WHAT COULD be a more suitable use of a smartphone than a simple app to help journalists securely and professionally assemble and publish news about their government and their world? That’s what StoryMaker for Android does, and a Dutch nongovernmental organization, Free Press Unlimited, recentlytrained journalists in Morocco on how to…