Rabat- Ahmed Mansour, a journalist with Al Jazeera , described some Moroccan journalists as "pimps, bastards, corrupt and insects."
Rabat- Ahmed Mansour, a journalist with Al Jazeera , described some Moroccan journalists as “pimps, bastards, corrupt and insects.”
His comment comes as a response to speculation regarding his alleged involvement in a conventional marriage with a Moroccan girl, reportedly mediated by Abdelali Hami-eddine, a leader of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party,
Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour posted on his Facebook page a long statement attacking Moroccan politicians and journalists for what he regarded as a “fabricated story to tarnish his reputation.”
The journalist was apparently responding to a story published on the Moroccan daily Assabah in its Friday issue.
According to the daily, the Egyptian journalist has been married to about 17 wives including four Moroccans, in conventional marriages that are not usually registered in an official document such as a regular Islamic marriage contract.
After a show of international empathy and respect that the journalist received following his arrest in Germany last month, Ahmed Mansour said, “The yellow press in Morocco, run by some politician and journalist pimps, bastards, corrupt people, and insects who live in the gutter, as well as their Egyptian colleagues, are trying to tarnish my reputation and that of some honest Moroccan politicians (referring to the politicians of Justice and Development Party).”
The journalist and interviewer on Al Jazeera refuted all allegations reported against him, calling on Moroccan women to stand against the “yellow press” to defend their dignity.
“Where are you, Moroccan chaste and honorable women to stand for your dignity, chastity and reputation?,” Mansour said.
At the end of his incendiary statement Mansour said “I salute all the honorable and pure people of Morocco who comprise the majority of its nation and its generous, nice and hospitable people, especially politicians and journalists who are fighting corruption.”
Edited by Elisabeth Myers