Leading Moroccan journalist is sentenced to one year in prison
11-Jun-2011 (one comment)

asablanca, Morocco (CNN) -- One of Morocco's most controversial journalists and publisher has been convicted of publishing misleading information and sentenced to one year in prison after articles he wrote enraged the government.

Rachid Niny is the publisher of Al-Massae, a leading newspaper that on Friday devoted its front page to coverage of his case. Niny had previously clashed with authorities and been fined for his work.

The publisher was convicted on the charge of "disinformation" after writing articles criticizing the Moroccan intelligence agency and calling for it to be put under parliamentary control.

Darius Kadivar

Freedom of Information NOT !

by Darius Kadivar on

Under Moroccan law, a journalist or publisher can be fined for making errors in reporting about matters concerning the state.

Progress has been made toward allowing journalists more freedom in Morocco in recent years, though cases against them for reporting what the state considers to be wrong are still common.