News RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dismay over court’s decision to keep newspaper editor Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at an appeal court’s decision yesterday to keep detained newspaper editor Ali Lmrabet in prison. Lmrabet, who has been on hunger strike since 6 May and has been hospitalised since 26 May, came to the court in a wheelchair for the hearing, which was the first in his appeal case. The next hearing has been set for 10 June. to go further News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at an appeal court’s decision yesterday to keep detained newspaper editor Ali Lmrabet in prison. Lmrabet, who has been on hunger strike since 6 May and has been hospitalised since 26 May, came to the court in a wheelchair for the hearing, which was the first in his appeal case. The next hearing has been set for 10 June. Lmrabet was jailed on 21 May.”One would have hoped the Moroccan justice system would calm things down and show clemency by ordering Lmrabet’s provisional release,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Instead, its obstinacy seems to be confirming the fears of those who say that Lmrabet’s imprisonment has sounded the death knell for the independent press.” Ménard added: “People thought King Mohammed’s Morocco was on the road to democracy, but they were clearly wrong.” Lmrabet is the owner and editor of two satirical weeklies, the French-language Demain Magazine and its Arabic-language version Douman. He is also Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Morocco.On 21 May, a court in Rabat sentenced him to four years in prison on 21 May for “insulting the person of the king”, “offence against territorial integrity” and “offence against the monarchy.” The court also fined him 20,000 dirhams (about 2,000 euros) and banned his two weeklies. He was taken from the courtroom to a prison cell.He was convicted on the basis of articles and cartoons about the annual allowance that parliament grants the royal family (detailed in a finance ministry document distributed to parliamentarians), a cartoon strip on the history of slavery, a photomontage of Moroccan political personalities, and an interview with a Moroccan republican who advocated self-determination for Western Sahara.When he began his hunger strike on 6 May, Lmrabet said he was acting to defend his rights, to put an end to repeated acts of intimidation against his printer and others who would otherwise be ready to print his weeklies, and in order to be able to enjoy the right to freedom of movement. On 26 May, at the end of his third week on hunger strike, he was rushed from prison to Avicenne hospital in Rabat.
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Sprinting star Usain Bolt has pulled back the curtain on his Bolt All-Stars line-up ahead of the highly-anticipated inaugural season of Nitro Athletics Melbourne, with a number of heavyweights and promising talent making the cut. Bolt will be counting on fellow Jamaican sprinting stars Asafa Powell and Michael Frater along with American hurdlers Kerron Clement and Dawn Harper Nelson with the likes of Ryan Wilson, Jeneba Tarmoh, Christine Day and Natasha Morrison also listed on his squad for the Australian series. Jenna Prandini along with young Australians Matthew Ramsden in the middle distances and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy will also represent the Bolt All-Stars at the Lakeside Stadium over three nights commencing on February 4. Bolt, whose team will take on outfits from Australia, England, New Zealand, China and Japan, says he is looking forward to the event and is pleased with the makeup of his team. “Of course I’m going to bring my fellow Jamaicans, they were the first to be picked,” said Bolt. “It’s going to be fun, I can’t wait to get down to Melbourne, see the crowd and be part of something that will change (the sport),” added Bolt. Hailed as a revolutionary event in international athletics, Nitro Athletics will see six teams of athletes from all over the world competing in both traditional and non-traditional events such as mixed event as well as hurdles and middle distance relays in a points-based contest. It will be contested on February 4, 9 and 11. SQUAD: Usain Bolt (JAM, sprints) Michael Frater (JAM, sprints) Asafa Powell (JAM, sprints) Ryan Wilson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Kerron Clement (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jarrion Lawson (USA, jumps, sprints) James Kiplagat Magut (KEN, middle distance) Elijah Kipchirchir Kiptoo (KEN, middle distance) Matthew Ramsden (AUS, middle distance) Mark Hollis (USA, pole vault) Cyrus Hostetler (USA, javelin) Jarryd Wallace (USA, para-athletics) WOMEN: Natasha Morrison (JAM, sprints) Jeneba Tarmoh (USA, sprints) Christine Day (JAM, sprints) Dawn Harper-Nelson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jenna Prandini (USA, sprints, jumps) Brittany McGowan (USA, middle distance) Selah Jepleting Busienei (KEN, middle distance) Anastasia Marinakou (GRE, middle distance) Naa Anang (AUS, long jump) Nina Kennedy (AUS, pole vault) Kara Winger (USA, javelin) Marie Le Fur (FRA, para-athletics)