News of the Day: September 18, 2019

By Georgia Knoles

In Favor of Sensible Water Management in Morocco

by Morocco World News

Lede: If Morocco’s water resources are not managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating.

Nut Graph: Last year, hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East and North Africa, including Morocco, faced the worst water shortages in decades. More than 60% of the population in this region is concentrated in places affected by high or very high surface water stress, which means that water resources are heavily exploited at an unsustainable rate.

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News of the Day: September 17, 2019

by Ryley Graham

Morocco Calls for Adoption of World Anti-Islamophobia Day

by Morocco World News

 Lede: Supported by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other allies, Morocco is pushing for the adoption of a UN resolution on World Anti-Islamophobia Day.

Nut Graph: In line with the project, the Moroccan parliament is convening ambassadors from Muslim-majority countries on September 18. The meeting is set to discuss the scope and possible content of the prospective resolution. Morocco is planning to introduce the resolution at one of the coming UN general assemblies.

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News of the Day: September 12, 2019

“Morocco: Protests as journalist faces jail over alleged abortion”

Lede: “Hundreds of people protested on Monday in front of a Moroccan court as the trial opened of a journalist accused of having a late-term abortion and sexual relations outside marriage.”

Nut Graph: “The case brought against Hajar Raissouni, who writes for the Arabic daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, has triggered a furious debate in the media and online about civil liberties and freedom of the press in the North African country.”

Why is this newsworthy?: This situation is ongoing and speaks to the larger issue of press freedom in Morocco.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jeanette Lam

By Lexi Reich

Unsure of which study abroad program to choose, Jeanette Lam, 21, left the decision to a coin toss. Through that chance and the SIT journalism program in Morocco, she found herself in Paris last summer working as a cinematographer and editing assistant on a feature documentary.

“France’s Children,” directed by Aida Alami, advisor to the SIT program, follows the story of an immigration activist in France, and other activists who, fueled by the desire to empower their community, reject victimhood.

“This experience was one of the most unique opportunities I’ve ever had,” Lam said.

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