Blog archive: Morocco

  • 19th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Morocco's first gay magazine was launched this month, in print and on the internet. Mithly (Arabic for "gay") says it aims to give a voice to "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals, to express themselves despite the fact that the...
  • 3rd April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The new Almazar shopping centre is opening in Marrakesh today, covering 33,000 square metres on five levels, with parking for 1,200 cars, a 800-seat food court and familiar names like Carrefour and Virgin Megastore. It's progress, I suppose, and I've nothing against Moroccans...
  • 21st February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The collapse of a minaret which killed at least 41 worshippers during Friday prayers in Morocco is raising similar questions to the
  • 8th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An interesting sidelight on the "trial" last week of Mauritanian journalist Hanefi Ould Dehah (or Dahah). The Moor Next Door blogreports that an Arabic translation of a Wall Street Journal articlecalling for his release was circulated in the courtroom and in the streets outside...
  • 12th January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After long delays, Morocco's first Amazigh (Berber) TV channel  was launched last week. Initially, it is broadcasting six hours a day, and 10 hours a day at weekends, in the Tachelhit, Tarifit and Tamazight dialects. I can't vouch for the quality of the programmes but nevertheless it'...
  • 16th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A blogger and the owner of an internet cafe have been jailed in Morocco. The blogger, Bashir Hazzam, was sentenced to four months for "disseminating false information harmful to the kingdom's image concerning human rights". He was arrested after publishing a statement on his blog from students...
  • 9th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two journalists from Morocco's biggest-selling daily newspaper have been sentenced to jail for "publishing false information". Rachid Nini, founding editor of al-Massae was given a three-month sentence and writer Said Laajal a two-month sentence in connection with a report on...
  • 28th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The leading Spanish daily, el Pais, is the latest paper to be censored by the Moroccan authorities. Distribution of its Saturday edition was blocked in Morocco for "attacking the monarchy".  El Pais had reprinted a cartoon which first appeared in Le Monde (also banned)...
  • 17th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Moroccan editor has been jailed for “intentionally publishing false information” about the king's health. Driss Chahtan of al-Michaal newspaper was sentenced to a year in jail and two other journalists – Mostafa Hiran and Rashid Mahameed – were sentenced to three months each with a...
  • 5th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Choosing a baby’s name ought to be a matter for the child’s parents, but it’s not always so simple. In Morocco, the parents of Tiziri el-Bechnaoui are struggling to register her name, six months after her birth. The problem is that Tiziri – which means “moon” in the Berber language,...
  • 2nd October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Moroccan interior ministry has swung into action over a cartoon (above) published in the daily newspaper, Akhbar al-Youm, last weekend. Police detained and interrogated editor/publisher Taoufik Bouachrine and cartoonist Khaled Kadar for more than 24 hours. They also sealed off the paper'...
  • 25th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Morocco's fun-loving king, Mohammed VI, has run into trouble with environmentalists for having one of his luxury cars flown to Britain for repairs. The car, an Aston Martin DB7, travelled from Rabat in a specially-chartered Hercules transport aircraft. The Sun newspaper hasphotographs ...

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