On August 1, the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior decided to ban and seize the latest issue of two independent weeklies, French-speaking TelQuel and Arabic-speaking Nichane, both directed by Ahmed Reda Benchemsi.
The motive: both publications intended to publish the findings of a poll commissioned together with the French daily Le Monde on Moroccans’ opinions on the ten years on the throne of King Mohammed VI. According to the results, 91% of the respondents were positive or very positive.
According to Khalid Naciri, Morocco’s minister of communication,a law professor and former communist militant, it is the principle of submitting the King to public debate that prompted the government to seize TelQuel and Nichane: “in Morocco, the issue of the monarchy cannot be put into equation, nor can it be subjected to a public debate through an opinion poll”.
This Facebook group aims at allowing Moroccan citizens to comment freely on Morocco’s evolution since 1999, and to express their own opinion, whether positive, negative or neutral. It also welcomes those with a positive opinion but who nevertheless think that their fellow countrymen should be allowed to be of another mind on this