Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic”

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The state prosecutor today requested sentences of three to five years in prison for Driss Ksikes, the editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam.” He also requested that the newspaper be closed down for good. April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at the sentences of three to five years in prison and bans on working as journalists that the state prosecutor requested today in Casablanca at the start of the trial of Driss Ksikes, editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam” and “publishing and distributing writings contrary to morals and customs.”The prosecutor also requested the newspaper’s indefinite closure and fines for the two journalists that could be as much as 100,000 dirhams (8,950 euros). The trial was adjourned until 15 January.“We are shocked by this insane indictment and we hope the court will not follow the archaic and ultra-repressive position being adopted by the prosecutor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan courts already took a medieval decision by banning journalist Ali Lmrabet from writing for 10 years and we dare not believe this will be repeated with Nichane.”The press freedom organisation added: “There is clearly a gulf between official talk of a modern and democratic Morocco and the reality that journalists must face, a reality marked by summary trials and heavy sentences that rein in the independent press a bit more every day.”Ksikes told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the severity of the sentences requested by the prosecutor. “We are being tried under the press law, but the prosecutor requested a ban on our working, which is only envisaged under criminal law,” he said.The prosecution has been brought over a feature in the newspaper’s 9-15 December issue entitled “Jokes: How Moroccans laugh at religion, sex and politics.” It prompted Prime Minister Driss Jettou to issue an order on 21 December withdrawing the issue from news stands and banning further distribution. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara January 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic” Help by sharing this information News June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

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