Magharebia (Washington DC)

27 February 2013

Morocco: Rights Group Backs Local Journalist

Amnesty International on Tuesday (February 26th) called on Moroccan authorities to suspend the prosecution of journalist Youssef Jajili. The Alaan editor is charged with defamation over a June 22nd article about Industry Minister Abdelkader Amara.

If found guilty, Jajili faces up to one year in jail.

"This is a stark reminder that despite their promised reforms and pledged commitment to upholding freedom of expression, the Moroccan authorities continue to stifle criticism," AI said.

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