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.
Jailed activist Nasser Zefzafi was smeared by Moroccan media.
Four journalists were handed suspended sentences for covering a parliamentary commission’s debate about the Moroccan Retiree Fund’s deficit.
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.
“The appeals court needs to examine and discard any tainted confessions and ensure that no one is convicted except for real crimes,” said Human Rights Watch.
RSF is disturbed by the Casablanca criminal court decision. Plaintiffs were pressured by the authorities and some denied making complaints against Bouachrine.
The 32-year-old activist was arrested in 2010 and convicted of “complicity in violence” against security forces in 2013. He is now in solitary confinement in Morocco’s Talfit prison.
A Moroccan court has sentenced a prominent journalist to three years in prison on a dubious charge of failing to report a security threat
Moroccan authorities should immediately release journalists Mohamed al-Asrihi and Hamid al-Mahdaoui and drop all charges against them.
Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.
A new report by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Information warns that despite relative improvement in the state of freedom of association in Morocco, practices formerly beleaguering local and international rights organizations in the kingdom may reemerge.
Detainees are living in “deplorable conditions and constant humiliation”.
One year after protests erupted in the northern city of Al Hoceima, Moroccan media are still struggling to cover the news, despite intimidation and legal threats from Moroccan authorities.
RSF has registered many media freedom violations since the start of a wave of protests in Morocco’s northern Rif region and accuses the authorities of deliberately obstructing the Moroccan and foreign reporters who have been trying to cover the unrest.