Thursday, July 07, 2011
Casablanca journalist, Richard Nini was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 100 dirhams (88 euros), June 9th.
His trial was allegedly marked by judicial intransigence, repeated adjournments and a refusal to free him on bail.
The Al-Massae editor was tried on charges of disinformation and attacking state institutions and public figures, which the court claimed threatened the security of the state and its citizens.
The Press Freedom Organisation condemned the sentencing branding such acts as the 'marks of authoritarian regimes'. They said that no progress towards democracy would be possible without media freedom.
Nini’s lawyer called it a bad day for justice and civil liberties in Morocco and insisted that he would appeal the court’s ruling.
The article that prompted this response had criticised government corruption.