Washington DC-The 2013 arrest of the journalist Ali Anouzla came back to hurt the already bruised image of Morocco’s human rights and freedom of press records. The ill-advised judgment to detain Anouzla for more than a month and the government decision to pursue in justice the Spanish daily El País for “promoting terrorism” were the main reasons behind Morocco’s 136 / 180 ranking in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index recently published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB).

Hassan Masiky was born in Kenitra, Morocco, and is based in Washington as a blogger and freelance writer.