Moroccan authorities persecute journalist Ali Lmrabet

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way the Moroccan authorities continue to persecute Ali Lmrabet, a satirical newspaper editor who wants to resume publishing newspapers in Morocco now that his ten-year ban on working as journalist has expired. Ali Lmrabet, who has dual French and Moroccan nationality, is being denied the residence certificate he … Continue reading Moroccan authorities persecute journalist Ali Lmrabet

Europe discusses migrant crisis: face-saving, not life-saving solutions

(26-4-2015) European leaders agreed late on Thursday night on joint measures aimed at tackling the ever-rising number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, a crisis dubbed a “tragedy” by the European Union (EU). At the end of a drawn-out crisis summit, the second they had held in a week, EU heads promised to mobilise all … Continue reading Europe discusses migrant crisis: face-saving, not life-saving solutions

Yemeni media freedom and human rights at risk

In May 2013 I took part in the celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Sana’a. More interesting than the speeches and panel discussions was the enthusiasm of participating Yemeni journalists. Yemen was witnessing a revolution. Though there were plenty political and social obstacles, practical difficulties and a lot of violence, many young journalists I … Continue reading Yemeni media freedom and human rights at risk

Towards freedom in the Arab world, ten years on

The need for a special rapporteur The Arab Human Development Report 2004 was published with as subtitle Towards Freedom in the Arab World. The report, published by UNDP, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social development and the Arab Gulf Programme for UN Development Organizations, concluded that freedoms, particularly those of opinion, expression and creativity, … Continue reading Towards freedom in the Arab world, ten years on