CASABLANCA - Over fifty Moroccan journalists residing outside of the country are due to launch a hunger strike on Saturday September 28, as a symbolic protest in solidarity with Ali Anouzla, chief editor of Lakome.com, according to the same electronic website.
CASABLANCA – Over fifty Moroccan journalists residing outside of the country are due to launch a hunger strike on Saturday September 28, as a symbolic protest in solidarity with Ali Anouzla, chief editor of Lakome.com, according to the same electronic website.
The journalists condemned the Moroccan government’s enactment of terrorism law in cases that are related to news publications, alluding specifically to the Rabat prosecutor’s recent announcement to charge Ali Anouzla under Morocco’s anti-terrorism law.
They also regard the charge of “incitement of terrorism” against the chief editor to be worse than previous tendency of authorities to neglect civil Press Law and sue journalists according to the Moroccan penal code.
They described Ali Anouzla’s case as “another chapter of restriction on reedom of speech and press as well as a misuse of the judiciary system in a bid meant to settle scores with the owner of a free and bold pen.”
The statement made by the journalists called upon the Moroccan state to reconsider the law of terrorism and take into consideration recommendations made by national and international human rights organizations.
The aforementioned Moroccan journalists, among which are Hashem Ahl Bara, Anas Ben Saleh and Mohamed Al Alami, reside in the following countries: UAE, Qatar, United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Chile, Spain, Canada, France, Germany, Tunisia, Bahrain and the Netherlands.
It is worth recalling that the chief editor of the electronic website Lakome was arrested for allegedly broadcasting a video of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM].Since then, a widespread solidarity has sparked among human rights activists and journalists in Morocco and abroad.
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