Rabat - Moroccan local TV channel 2M has fought back against the government’s allegations of “subjective and biased” coverage of Wednesday’s national strike.
Rabat – Moroccan local TV channel 2M has fought back against the government’s allegations of “subjective and biased” coverage of Wednesday’s national strike.
The counterattack was in response to accusations that 2M gave the Labor Union an “unprecedented opportunity to express its anger toward the government,”, thereby violating journalistic ethics.
2M refuted Communication Minister Mustapha El Khalfi’s accusations by claiming its coverage was “unbiased during the general strike.” Morocco’s second TV channel stated that its coverage “showed the impact of the strike and citizens’ reactions to it.”
In a press release published by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 2M pointed that its daily regular news bulletins, found online on its website, “respect the standard level of objectivity and neutrality.” The channel added that it “gave equal opportunity to the government and union leaders to express themselves.”
The accusations came after 2M’s journalists appeared to be wearing red badges during the strike, which was interpreted by the government as expressing their solidarity with the strikers.
Moroccan trade unions announced that the general strike was successful, with a participation rate of 84.8 percent.
El Khalfi said on Thursday that Wednesday’s strike reached 39 percent in the public sector and 4.8 percent of the private sector.