Magharebia (Washington DC)

16 January 2013

Morocco: Local Journalist Charged With Defamation

A Casablanca court on Monday (January 14th) charged Moroccan journalist Youssef Jajili with defamation over a June 22nd article about Industry and Trade Minister Abdelkader Aamara, lesoir-echos.com reported. The article accused the minister of misusing public funds for alcohol during a trip abroad.

If found guilty, the editor-in-chief of Alaan faces up to one year in jail and fines of up to 100,000 dirhams.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the government to drop the defamation charges against Jajili.

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