In spite of constitutional reforms introduced in Morocco following the Arab Spring, the King’s powers have not been substantially curbed. While the media engages in criticism of parliament to a certain extent, red lines exist around political topics, criticism of the King, religion and the Monarch’s spending. Most journalists defer to self-censorship on these topics but those that do not endure judicial harassment, personal attacks and long prison terms. These penalties are also suffered by human rights activists.
In the wake of Morocco’s newly adopted constitution, ARTICLE 19 has been supporting Moroccan civil society and freedom of expression and information reform initiatives. We conduct legal analysis and work to build capacity of civil society and journalists on access to information issues through advocacy and trainings.