Rabat - Morocco's ranking as a country with no press freedom in the 2015 report by the Freedom House on press freedom in the world is "arbitrary" and "unjust," said Communication Minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.
Rabat – Morocco’s ranking as a country with no press freedom in the 2015 report by the Freedom House on press freedom in the world is “arbitrary” and “unjust,” said Communication Minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.
At a press briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting, on Thursday in Rabat under the chairmanship of head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, the minister added that, even though the report did not include Morocco among States where press freedom had decreased, the ranking remains arbitrary and unjust.
Voicing his astonishment that some countries, which witnessed military trials, prison sentences and assaults against journalists, had better rankings than Morocco, El Khalfi noted that the year 2014 was marked by a decline by the third of aggressions against reporters compared to the last year.
The minister underlined that half of lawsuits in press-related issues in 2014 ended by acquittal or the court non jurisdiction, while the other half ended by the defendants paying fines, which shows that the legal practice is in line with the constitutional orientations to reinforce press freedom.
He went on saying that, in 2014, no newspaper premises or electronic paper were shut down, but rather a growing acknowledgment of the electronic press took place.