Rabat - Morocco improved its ranking in the 2014 World Press Freedom index, said on Wednesday Communication Minister, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.
Rabat – Morocco improved its ranking in the 2014 World Press Freedom index, said on Wednesday Communication Minister, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.
This amelioration is very clear compared with the 2013 and 2014 indicators, said El Khalfi on the occasion of the presentation of the yearly report on the promotion of press freedom in 2014, stressing the many challenges urging the continuation of the reform dynamic according to a collective and participatory approach in order to promote Morocco’s image and model regionally and internationally.
Morocco, which is an avant-garde country in terms of press freedom in the MENA region, did not ban any piece of news over the last year for political or ideological reasons.
Some isolated cases which were registered are prejudicial to Islam, including pictures deemed as an offence against public decency based on the UNGA Resolution on Defamation of Religions, he added.
The minister said that, in 2014, no reporter was asked to reveal the names of his sources and no request was made to administrators of social networks (facebook, twitter..) to disclose the real identity of their users.
The official noted that Morocco is striving to implement recommendations by the UNHRC and European Troika as well as conventions related to the sectors of information, communication and press freedom.