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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

More Hardline Approach towards the Press in Morocco

Just an update on the case of the two journalists from the Arabic daily Akhbar al-Yawm, who published a cartoon deemed insulting the Moroccan flag and Prince Ismail, cousin of King Mohammed VI. Editor Taoufiq Bou'achrine and Cartoonist Khalid Gueddar were found guilty of "desecrating the national flag and failing to show proper respect for a member of the royal family." They were sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of 100,000 Dirhams. 

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