The word “kahlouch,” in reference to skin color, should not have been used on public television, said HACA.
Rabat – After Al Aoula channel aired a skit featuring the “Kahlouch” character in early February on Stand Up, a comedy show, the Moroccan High Council of Audiovisual Communication (CSCA) sent a warning to the channel.
The deliberative body of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), chaired by Latifa Akharbach, said, “The SNRT, which operates [Al Aoula], has violated the provisions in force, in particular those relating to human dignity.”
CSCA “considers that the repeated use of the descriptor ‘kahlouch,’ although adopted as a stage name by the candidate himself, constitutes a nickname with a pejorative connotation, referring to his skin color.”
The “caricatured accent” of “the character embodied by an immigrant from sub-Saharan Africa” and “the reactions of the jury members and the cheers of the audience on the set, chanting the so-called nickname, go beyond comedy and amount to mockery and contempt,” CSCA added.
The content did not comply with the law, reads CSCA’s statement, published on the official gazette.
Before it received the warning, SNRT replied to a letter from HACA about the skit, saying, “The sketch had been the subject of a special evaluation and that it had finally been considered that its content was humorous and self-mocking.”
According to SNRT, the skit did not violate the rules on the freedom of expression.
In December, the UN special rapporteur on racism commended Morocco’s policy on migration but urged for action against racism.