RSF calls for the revision of new press law

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF protests against the terms of the new press law (which retains prisonsentences for some offences) and calls for its amendment to make it lesssevere. Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today against a new press law in Morocco that it said was “a serious threat to press freedom.” It was “unacceptable” that under it a journalist could be jailed for five years for a simple media offence,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard, calling for its amendment to guarantee press freedom. RSF notes that the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Abid Hussain, in a report on 18 December 2000, urged all governments to ensure media offences were not punished by imprisonment except for those involving racist or discriminatory remarks or appeals for violence. He added that imprisonment for peacefully expressing an opinion was a serious violation of human rights.The new law retains jail terms for insulting the king and royal princes and princesses and those convicted can be imprisoned for between three and five years, compared with 5-20 years under the old law.Article 29 retains the government’s right to ban Moroccan or foreign newspapers if they “undermine Islam, the monarchy, national territorial integrity or public order.” The law also says the government must give reasons for seizing or banning local or foreign newspapers. Last year nine newspapers, seven of them foreign, were censored for having reported on topics such as Western Sahara, corruption and the king himself.Parliamentary deputies approved the new law on 12 March and it will be considered by the upper chamber, the House of Councillors, in the next few weeks. RSF also expressed concern about the unofficial sacking of journalist Younès Moujahid from the daily El Ittihad el Ichtiraki. Aides of prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi, who is managing editor of the paper, told the journalist, who is also secretary-general of the national press trade union SNMP, that he did not appreciate his criticism of the country’s counter espionage service, the DST, and of the new press law. Moujahid has not been paid since last month or been asked to write any articles. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts News News March 22, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF calls for the revision of new press law Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF_en last_img read more

Man released after drugs find

first_img Previous articleMan detained following drugs seizureNext articleLimerick semiconductor company expands to create 150 new jobs admin Twitter NewsLocal NewsMan released after drugs findBy admin – June 14, 2009 435 Email Print Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp A 27-YEAR-old man who had been questioned by Gardai following a drug find in the Garryowen area on Friday has been released without charge.Gardai found the drugs during a planned search of the area at 5pm on Friday. The operation is part of the ongoing investigation into criminal gang activity in the city.The man was detained at Roxboro Garda station under Section four of the Criminal Justice Act.A file is being prepared for the DPP. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more