After long jail term, Moroccan journalist hit by heavy damages award

first_imgNews Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more December 7, 2018 After long jail term, Moroccan journalist hit by heavy damages award RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Morocco’s judicial harassment of the journalist Taoufik Bouachrine, who was ordered to pay 1.4 million dirhams (130,000 euros) in libel damages to two government ministers on appeal yesterday. Last month, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison on sexual assault charges. April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more The publisher of the Arabic-language daily Akhbar al-Youm, Bouachrine was originally ordered to pay 450,000 dirhams (45,000 euros) in damages for claiming that the agriculture and economy ministers changed an article in the 2016 finance law for their own personal benefit. Yesterday’s ruling tripled the amount. The ministers filed the suit in 2015.“We condemn the judicial harassment to which Taoufik Bouachrine is being subjected,” RSF said. “The amount of damages he has been ordered to pay is out of all proportion and shows that the Moroccan authorities are bent on throttling Akhbar al Yaoum and maintaining the pressure on Bouachrine.”Bouachrine is the subject of other prosecutions including the sexual assault case in which he was given the 12-year sentence in November. He was also ordered to pay each of the eight victims compensation ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 dirhams (10,000 to 50,000 euros). Bouachrine has always denied the assault allegations and, as RSF noted last month, many doubts surround the verdict.Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en last_img

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