22 May 2013

Morocco: ANHRI Demands the Authorities to Release the Blogger and the Journalist Mustafa El-Hasnawi

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the continuation of detaining the blogger and the activist "Mustafa El-Hesnawi" by the Moroccan Security Services since he was arrested on Thursday May 16, 2013 without mentioning the reasons or the accusations which led to his arrest.

He is a blogger and a journalist know for defending the right of the detainees from the Islamic trend, he received a summon warrant from the National Brigade of the Judicial Officers in May 16, 2013, for investigation. Then he went to them but they have arrested him and called his family to tell them that "Mustafa" will be detained for investigation and they refused to declare the reasons of investigation or the charges pressed on him.

However, the authorities refused to declare the reasons but it is likely because he criticized some of the persons who are near to the authorities and his continuing defending of the human rights. His last writings, which was published before he was summoned for investigation, on the topic of the veiled female students who were banned from entering the school because of the long of their veil. He was the first to expose this case and publish it in the media.

ANHRI expresses its deep concern regarding the fate of the case of Mustafa and the security method that was adopted with him in addition to arresting him for six days without declaring the reasons, justification or the charges behind the arrest yet.

ANHRI said that "what Mustafa suffers is a painful blow to the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression in Morocco and the authorities must accept the criticism and the other's opinion, in particularly, as the blogger has only his pen and the security solution shouldn't be the solution to address the word".

In the time that ANHRI holds the authorities fully responsible regarding any harm that may be suffered by the journalist, it also demands the authorities to rectify the matter in addition to release him, not to trumped up any criminal charges to be pressed on him and holds the involved in arresting him in this way accountable.

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