Moroccan court decides to try website editor separately

first_img to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls again for the immediate release of Badil.info website editor Hamid el Mahdaoui after a Casablanca court decided today to separate his trial from the trial of 54 co-defendants who, like him, are charged in connection with last year’s so-called “Hirak” protests in northern Morocco’s Rif region. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Arrested in the Rif city of Hoceima on 20 July 2017 while covering one of the protests, a peaceful march that was banned a few days before it took place, Mahdaoui is facing up to five years in prison on a charge of failing to report “an attempt to endanger internal state security” to the authorities.“We are relieved by the Casablanca criminal court’s decision to separate Badil.info editor Hamid el Mahdaoui’s case from that of the Hirak protest movement,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “The court must now free him. He was there as a journalist and was just doing his job as a reporter by covering news events of interest to the general public. We reiterate our call for the withdrawal of all charges against this website editor, who has no place being in prison. Reporting the news cannot be regarded as a crime.”Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 26, 2018 Moroccan court decides to try website editor separately RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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