Journalists in Morocco: repression in the shadow of the Coronavirus

The Numbers continue to grow again by leaps and bounds. On Friday in Morocco 1063 new infections with the Coronavirus have been reported. So many of them there

Journalists in Morocco: repression in the shadow of the Coronavirus

The Numbers continue to grow again by leaps and bounds. On Friday in Morocco 1063 new infections with the Coronavirus have been reported. So many of them there were, since the outbreak of the pandemic, and never in a day in the North African country, believed to have the worst behind. The authorities cordoned off Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech and other cities largely from. During the first few months it was managed by the government under the leadership of king Mohamed VI to get the Virus under control. The heavy hand of the regime in Rabat, but also increasingly to feel its critics.

Hans-Christian Rößler

Political correspondent for the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb, with its headquarters in Madrid.

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More than a hundred journalists, the end of a smear campaign demanded in July in a joint Manifesto against those who criticize people that are in the vicinity of the power apparatus. As soon as the authorities acted against such a vote, followed in Parts of the press, defamation and insults, as in the case of Omar Radi: The award-winning investigative journalist who works for the news site "Le Desk", is since 29.July on allegations of espionage and rape in custody.

he Previously a good dozen Times heard and once briefly detained had been. At the same time the media slandered him, the learning according to the Moroccan human rights the security services are close to. In March, he had been already sentenced to imprisonment for a term of four months, which was suspended on probation: Radi, had described in short message service Twitter a judge as an "executioner", the members of the protest movement in the Rif-had sentenced to the mountains, to long-term imprisonment. Now is determined against Radi also because of the allegation that he had accepted money from foreign intelligence services.

Updated Date: 02 August 2020, 12:20

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