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Suspended jail terms and exorbitant damages award against newspaper publisher and cartoonist

first_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information to go further The court also ordered the newspaper’s “definitive closure.” The two journalists said they would appeal the verdicts in both cases.“Despite our many protests, a demonstration outside the Moroccan embassy in Paris, a meeting with three advisers to the Moroccan ambassador to Paris, and a news conference in Casablanca attended by Bouachrine and Gueddar (see video), we now have to express our deep disappointment about these verdicts, which sent a grim warning to the Moroccan press,” Reporters Without Borders said.The press freedom organisation added: “We hope there will be a royal pardon but meanwhile we publish the letter we sent to Hillary Clinton, as we said we would do during the Casablanca press conference on 27 October.”Read the letter to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who will begin a two-day visit to Morocco on 2 November.The Reporters Without Borders news conference in Casablanca and an interview with cartoonist Khalid Gueddar:Reporters sans frontières: Conférence de presse au Marocenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’actualité du moment en vidéo. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News A Casablanca court yesterday gave Taoufiq Bouachrine, the publisher of the Akhbar al-Youm newspaper, and cartoonist Khalid Gueddar three-year suspended jail sentences and ordered them to pay a colossal 270,000 euros in damages to Prince Moulay Ismaïl, a cousin of the king, for a cartoon of the prince published last month.The sentences were issued as a result of a suit brought by the prince accusing them of “failing to accord due respect to a member of the royal family.” The court imposed additional one-year suspended jail sentences and a fine of 9,000 euros in a parallel case brought by the interior ministry accusing them of “attacking an emblem of the kingdom.” October 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspended jail terms and exorbitant damages award against newspaper publisher and cartoonist RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistslast_img read more

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