IFJ Asks Morocco to Respect Press Freedom

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the French unions, SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT-Journalistes, in denouncing the methods used by Moroccan authorities against two French journalists, arrested and deported just for performing their duties.

Jean-Louis Perez and Pierre Chautard were filming a documentary for France Télévisions when they were arrested and their material confiscated because they dared to carry out an interview in the headquarters of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH). They were deported manu militari for suspicious filming activities without obtaining permission.

Such methods cannot be tolerated and remind those of another time that we thought was bygone in Morocco. The French unions, affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), demand that such incidents should not be tolerated because they represent serious infringements to the right to inform.

Even more so as, on January 23, a staff from the Arabic channel France 24, who used to work in Morocco, was also prevented from recording a programme on “humour as means of expression” after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

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