Morocco confirms banning of news website, editor says

Moroccan editor Ali Anzoula told the Associated Press that media regulators have blocked his taboo-breaking news website. (File photo: AFP)

A prominent Moroccan editor says the state media regulator has banned his taboo-breaking news website and he must go to court to reopen it.

Ali Anouzla told The Associated Press he was ready to go on a hunger strike to bring back Lakome.com, known for its hard-hitting reporting in Morocco's otherwise docile media landscape.

Anouzla is out on bail after a month in prison on terrorism charges after his website wrote about an al-Qaeda video that criticized Morocco. While in prison he asked that the website be temporarily shut down, but now authorities have refused to reopen it. Anouzla called the decision unjust and arbitrary.

Online journalism has exploded in the last few years in Morocco, with Lakome.com seen as the most daring.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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