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RWB Report Turned Blind Eye on Openness, Freedom in Moroccan Media, Communication Ministry

Rabat  -  
The ministry of culture and communication said that the report by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) on press freedom in Morocco in 2017 is biased, inaccurate and does not take account, in an objective and impartial way, of the many positive indicators of the climate of openness and freedom marking the Moroccan media scene, making the Kingdom an outstanding and dynamic model.
RWB Report Turned Blind Eye on Openness, Freedom in Moroccan Media, Communication Ministry
18 May 2018

Reacting to RWF remarks in the Moroccan section of its report, the ministry said that the organization's classification of the Kingdom is unfair and does not make sense, expressing its flat rejection of the content of this report, given that the methodology adopted during its elaboration lacks the required professionalism and independence, particularly in terms of field investigation and sources of information.

In a statement, the ministry recalled that no journalist stood trial in Morocco for a case relating to journalistic practice, expression of opinion or freedom of speech, in response to observations in the said report which reported trials of media players over the past years as well as judicial pressure against journalists in 2017.

Regarding allegations that the Moroccan authorities hinder the work of Moroccan and foreign media outlets while covering events that have occurred in some Rif regions, northern Morocco, the Ministry noted that these false statements are baseless.

The Moroccan press, which is distinguished by its plural and diverse nature, conducts its work in an atmosphere of freedom and independence, without any direct or indirect censorship, the ministry said, noting that no newspaper or electronic paper was influenced or prohibited from practising journalism.

No radio station or TV channel has been banned or disrupted in covering events in the said region, the ministry said, adding that foreign special envoys have carried out hundreds of media missions, freely and independently, in all Moroccan regions including the Rif, as evidenced by the number of authorizations issued for this purpose in 2017 which has reached over 951 authorizations.

The competent government authority, represented by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, granted accreditation cards last year to 97 correspondents working in Morocco for foreign media outlets, the same source underlined.

These correspondents are from 21 nationalities and represent 61 foreign media outlets, it said.

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