Rabat - Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party (PI), Hamid Chabat, has filed complaintsto Morocco’s High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA) against both 2M and Medi1, the PI newspaper Al Alam reported on Thursday.
Rabat – Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party (PI), Hamid Chabat, has filed complaintsto Morocco’s High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HACA) against both 2M and Medi1, the PI newspaper Al Alam reported on Thursday.
Al Alam explained that the official complaints followed his allegations that the two channels contravened the national visual media regulations.
Al Alam noted that in the complaints, “Chabat has called on the channels to offer his party a chance to counter in the period, when the offense to his party emerged,” noting that “[his party’s] explanations must be made clear during this period.”
Al Alam noted that the subject of the complaints is “the offence to the PI and Chabat” made during 2M’s French-language bulletin on Friday February 10.
Al Alam explained that “when the bulletin invited a person and entirely neglect the other point of view – it contravened the regulations,” noting that the duration of bulletin’s broadcast was 15 minutes.”
The newspaper also said that the complaint accused Medi 1 of offending the Chabat and the PI by inviting journalists and a university professor onto its program “Le Debrief” to discuss the PI without featuring a member of the party itself.”
In an editorial published also in Al Alam last Wednesday, the PI counterattacked 2M for “lack of neutrality and of inviting biased analysts to lash out at the PI,” calling 2M a “Drainage Channel.”
“It was not strange that the channel mobilized its analysts and allocated ‘lavish money to be at its beck and call’,” said Al Alam in the editorial.