Rabat - The “#MeToo” campaign that has led numerous women to speak against sexual harassment in the US, is making its impact felt in Morocco. After the recent arrest of Taoufik Bouachrine, the director Akhbar Al Yaoum and Alyaoum24 news, new accusations of sexual harassment are shaking Moroccan newspaper Al Bayane.
Rabat – The “#MeToo” campaign that has led numerous women to speak against sexual harassment in the US, is making its impact felt in Morocco. After the recent arrest of Taoufik Bouachrine, the director Akhbar Al Yaoum and Alyaoum24 news, new accusations of sexual harassment are shaking Moroccan newspaper Al Bayane.
An employee for Al Bayane, a daily francophone Moroccan newspaper, has filed a complaint against an administrative and financial director of the company.
The director, who also serves on the board of the publishing company, was tried on February 28, after police received a complaint sexual assault. His identity remains unknown.
The Al Bayane and Bayane Al Yaoum board of directors, which affiliated with the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), released a statement refuting the claims.
“The company Bayane SA, publisher of the daily Bayane Al Yaoum and Al Bayane was surprised by the initiative of an employee, who still works for the company and who still receives her monthly salary to file a complaint for sexual harassment against the administrative and financial director and member of the board of directors of the company.”
While the identity of the alleged victim of sexual harassment was not revealed, the statement indicated that she worked “under the former administration,” and that she continues to come to work everyday and attend court hearings regarding her complaint against her administrator.”
The company stated that the plaintiff is merely taking advantage of “a context that currently dominates the media and legal field,” referring to the Bouachrine case that has recently dominated the media.
The statement also adds that her accusation has surprised everyone, including other employees of the company.
“The complaint does not only affect the person who is the subject of the complaint, but the entire institution and the political formation it represents, something that we will not allow,” the statement continued.
The board of directors of Al Bayane confirmed that they will not allow the complainant to tarnish the company and the party’s image.
The same source said that the company has the right to resort to justice to defend its reputation and that of its executives.