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Moroccan authorities are using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses.

The Parliament of Morocco in Rabat, 2 January 2018, Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Four journalists were handed suspended sentences for covering a parliamentary commission’s debate about the Moroccan Retiree Fund’s deficit.

Tawfiq Bouachrine, (L) director of the "Akhbar Al Youm" newspaper, and caricaturist Khalid Gueddar arrive at the court in Casablanca, Morocco, on 23 October 2009, ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention confirmed that the charges against Bouachrine are in retaliation for his journalistic work and his criticism of the Moroccan government.