By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, May 5, 2012
In a press conference held at the office of the Ministry of Information in Rabat, on the occasion of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, Mr. Mustapha Alkhalfi, Minister of Information and government spokesman, drew a positive image of the reality of freedom of press in Morocco.
In this regard, the Minister of Information promised the promulgation of a new law aimed at regulating the profession of journalism. The said law will be the first of its kind since the coming of the Islamist to power.
According to the minister, the law will protect journalists from being exposed to prison sentences, as was the case with Rachid Nini, who was sentenced last year to one year in prison.
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Minister El Khalfi explained to “Alarabia” that the Moroccan Kingdom is in need of a modern press law setting regulations to the profession of journalism.
The minister also pointed out that Morocco enjoys a good environment of freedom of press and expression, adding that the Islamists-led government is working to reinforce those freedoms.
Mr. Mustapha Alkhalfi announced the launch of “consultative dialogue” to prepare a new code of press in Morocco in line with the guidelines of the new constitution, which was approved by popular referendum in July 2011.
In this regard, negotiations over the new press code in Morocco, which are coordinated by Mr. Mohamed Alarbi Elmassari, a former Minister of communication, will continue for three months in order to come up with the first draft that will be submitted to the Parliament.
The consolidation of individual liberties and high officials’ accountability were strongly advocated by Moroccan youth movement who spearheaded protests movement that sparked last year.