Withdrawal of AFP reporter’s accreditation seen as political

first_img News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further News Related documents 051012_cp_maroc_ara-3.pdfPDF – 32.89 KB October 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Withdrawal of AFP reporter’s accreditation seen as political Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by the Moroccan government to strip Agence France-Presse reporter Omar Brouksy of his press accreditation for allegedly writing “an unprofessional dispatch about the partial legislative election in Tangiers.”Issued by the communication ministry, accreditation is needed by professional journalists in order to work in Morocco. In its description of all the parties fielding candidates in the election, Brouksy’s offending dispatch referred to Fouad Ali El Himma, founder of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), as being “close to the king.”A Moroccan national, Brouksy told Reporters Without Borders he was the “victim of an act of persecution.” He added: “A degree of contextualization is essential to understand these elections. In reality, the dispatch was very balanced. There is nothing in this description that justifies the withdrawal of accreditation.”Reporters Without Borders regards the decision, taken without reference to any court or independent body, as political and as a clear violation of the right of journalists to editorial independence. The communication ministry uses the granting and withdrawal of accreditation as a weapon against journalists, in order to force them to censor themselves.”We call on the Moroccan authorities to rescind this arbitrary decision,” Reporters Without Borders director-general Christophe Deloire said.An AFP dispatch today quoted AFP news director Philippe Massonnet as saying its Rabat bureau had “the agency’s full confidence.” News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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