Fez - Mexico formally protested against the remarks made by the Minister of Communication and Government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi before the Parliament on Tuesday.
Fez – Mexico formally protested against the remarks made by the Minister of Communication and Government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi before the Parliament on Tuesday.
El Khalfi said that public channels are trying to transform the Moroccan television into a “brothel in Mexico” referring to the abundance of Mexican soap operas on national television.
During a session of oral questions at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Mustapha El Khalfi, stressed that some programs broadcast on public TV are in violation of the stipulations of the Royal Dahir of 2002 concerning public media. According to the Royal Dahir, all programs broadcast on public media should take into consideration Moroccan social and cultural peculiarities.
The Minister’s criticism of public TV stems from the high number of Mexican soap-operas that 2M and Al Oula broadcast on a daily basis. Many citizens question the quality and content of these programs.
“We need Moroccan Media; Morocco is not Afghanistan or any other country. The problem is not whether Morocco is like Afghanistan, Sudan or Iran, the problem is that there are those who want to turn Morocco [through serials and movies] into a brothel for Mexico,” said the Minister.
In his weekly press conference following the government meeting on Thursday, Khalfi attempted to clarify that his remarks were not directed at Mexico, adding that they were deformed.
“Mexico is a friendly country with which we have exceptional relationships,” said the Moroccan Minister according to EFE.
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