Rabat - The Communications Ministry said that it won't retract from its decision to ban "Much Loved", Nabil Ayouch's latest feature film, after somebody made a "clone" of French daily newspaper Le Figaro's website and fake-announced that the government has decided to finally screen the controversial film in Morocco.
Rabat – The Communications Ministry said that it won’t retract from its decision to ban “Much Loved”, Nabil Ayouch’s latest feature film, after somebody made a “clone” of French daily newspaper Le Figaro’s website and fake-announced that the government has decided to finally screen the controversial film in Morocco.
The Ministry denounced the propagation of the “fabricated article” and said in a communiqué obtained by Morocco World News that the banning decision remains valid because the film “undermines the moral values, and the dignity of Moroccan women, and [is] a flagrant attack on the kingdom’s image.”
The Ministry has also denied that officials from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), the country’s film regulatory body, issued any statements in this regard after the “cloned” article allegedly quoted sources from the CCM.
The fake Le Figaro article was generated by Clone Zone, a new media-cloning app that allows users to create their own versions of popular websites by editing text and uploading images.
The app was thought up by Salva Balasanov and Analisa Teachworth, two artists who run a creative studio in New York called 4Real.
Apparently, somebody used the app to poke fun at the media coverage and the controversy surrounding Nabil Ayouch’s film about prostitution in Marrakech.
The cloned copy of le Figaro, which had to be taken down “due to a cease and desist order”, had a Clone Zone URL and was footed by the Clone Zone logo.