The Moroccan authorities’ detention of journalist and editor Ali Anouzla is an assault on the country’s independent media and he must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said today.
Plain-clothes police arrested Ali Anouzla at his home in Rabat early on Tuesday, shortly after his outspoken Arabic-language online news outlet Lakome published a story about a video by the armed group al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). He has yet to be charged with any crime.
“We fear Ali Anouzla is being punished for Lakome’s editorial independence and criticism of government policies, in what signals a worrying setback for freedom of expression in Morocco. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.